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From The Socialist newspaper, 10 February 2010
Stoke: Axiom workers in overtime ban
After ten weeks of strike action - two days each week - Axiom Rail workers in Stoke have decided to return to work and impose an overtime ban in their fight for a decent pay increase. Workers doing the same jobs at some other Axiom sites are paid £4 an hour more than workers at Stoke.
They have returned to work more united than when they first came out and the number of workers taking strike action has increased during this struggle. Support for their strike has come in from all over Britain and even from as far away as Chicago, Texas, Germany, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, Greece, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand and Gaza!
Two 'offers' were rejected by workers because in effect they would have made their working conditions worse. Axiom bosses have been forced to use agency workers at great expense and intimidation of strikers to try to break their resistance.
The mood among the lads on strike is that by returning to work now and imposing an overtime ban they will be 'keeping their powder dry' for possible later action against attempts to drive wages down.
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In The Socialist 10 February 2010:
Fight university cuts
Unison general secretary election
Fighting leadership needed in Unison - Nominate Roger Bannister for general secretary
Greenwich Unison backs victimised branch secretary
Socialist Party news and analysis
Preying on the living and dead
Waltham Forest: Campaigners score a victory
Fiddling MPs: Jail the whole lot of them!
Vulnerable lose out on benefits
Socialist Women: Fighting for equality through socialism
Socialist Party workplace news
Civil service strike ballot: Vote 'yes' for action
Boycotting the 2010 SATS in schools
Coventry youth workers' strike
Metaldyne workers strike
Stoke: Axiom workers in overtime ban
Saving jobs and services in Worcestershire
Workplace news in brief
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
Hazel Blears must go
TUSC: Wellingborough socialists make a stand
PCS young members
PCS young members network conference
Bristol job centre workers fight transfer
Socialist Party feature
Trade unions in Britain - are they ready for the coming battles?
International socialist news and analysis
Northern Ireland: An agreement to cement division
Sri Lanka President Rajapakse removes his rival, Fonseka
Tamil Solidarity -: Successful northern conference
Trotskyism on trial
War and occupation
Armed forces: Release Lance-Corporal Joe Glenton
Trade union rights for service personnel
The Socialist 10 February 2010 |
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