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The Socialist 12 June 2019

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Nationalise Ford to prevent closure

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Widespread condemnation of horrifying, violent, homophobic assaults

Terrible child murders linked to cuts

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Scottish airport strikes - fight for better pay and pensions

Stagecoach strike - bus workers show how it's done

Socialists in Unison hold positions in elections

South Western Railway guards to strike again

Socialist Party members make big impact at trades council conference

Southampton hospital workers win

Sellafield nuclear workers' strike


Southern Ireland elections

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Bus workers on strike, Preston & Chorley Stagecoach

Bus workers on strike, Preston & Chorley Stagecoach   (Click to enlarge)

Stagecoach strike - bus workers show how it's done

Dave Beale

Saturday 1st June marked the sixth strike day by Preston and Chorley's Stagecoach bus workers. Demanding an extra 50p to receive 11 an hour, Unite members have organised the strongest and most enthusiastic picket lines seen in central Lancashire for a long time.

Stagecoach is paying better wages to its bus workers in other parts of the north west, cynically maintaining the pay differentials of the old companies it bought up. Bosses refused to budge in negotiations last December, so Unite responded with a strike ballot - securing an astonishing 98% vote for a strike, with a 83% turnout!

Unite recruited almost all of the non-union members in recent months. Pickets are often 100 plus, out of 250-300 branch members.

One of the pickets immediately sold seven copies of the Socialist for us, such is the fighting spirit.

Bus strikers reading the Socialist, photo by T. Costello

Bus strikers reading the Socialist, photo by T. Costello   (Click to enlarge)

Provocatively, Stagecoach is bringing in managers from other areas as scabs, stuffing money into their pockets and accommodating them with expenses in a local 4-star hotel.

These scab drivers are breaching safety standards, for example by picking up passengers at unsafe locations and not stopping safely at bus stops.

However, the strikers are very committed and determined, knowing they are being cheated with 1.20 per hour less than other Stagecoach drivers in the north west.

Meanwhile the company makes fat profits in Preston and Chorley. The longer term union objective is to achieve pay parity for all Stagecoach drivers in the region.

However, such disputes are a symptom of Thatcher's bus deregulation and privatisation, which the Blair and Brown Labour governments refused to reverse.

What is needed now is a clear commitment by Jeremy Corbyn not only to re-regulate bus services across the country but also to bring them into democratic public ownership.

This is the only viable long-term basis to guarantee decent pay and conditions in the industry, to provide a radically improved bus service for both urban and rural areas, and to establish an integrated transport system in conjunction with rail nationalisation.

Further strike days will be on 11th, 18th, 22nd, 25th, 29th June, and 13th, 16th July.
  • Send messages of support to: gary.campion@stagecoachbus.com
  • Donations to: Peter Winstanley, Stagecoach Preston, Preston Bus Station, Preston, Lancashire PR1 1YU. Write cheques to: "Unite Branch 6/91". Please notify david.beale03@gmail.com of whatever you send.

This version of this article was first posted on the Socialist Party website on 6 June 2019 and may vary slightly from the version subsequently printed in The Socialist.


In this issue


Safe homes for all

Fire tears through Barking flats - cladding off now!

Grenfell two years on - Still fighting for safety and justice


Nationalise to stop closures

Ford closure announcement must be met with united response of defiance

Nationalise Ford to prevent closure

Fight the closures save every job!


News

Widespread condemnation of horrifying, violent, homophobic assaults

Terrible child murders linked to cuts

Tory drug hypocrisy


Workplace news

Scottish airport strikes - fight for better pay and pensions

Stagecoach strike - bus workers show how it's done

Socialists in Unison hold positions in elections

South Western Railway guards to strike again

Socialist Party members make big impact at trades council conference

Southampton hospital workers win

Sellafield nuclear workers' strike


International socialist news and analysis

Southern Ireland elections

Sudan: Military crackdown to break revolution

Nigeria: Stop police harassment of Abbey and Azeez!


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

D-Day for fighting Trump attack on NHS

Edmonton joins Enfield North Labour in supporting 'no cuts' fightback strategy

Save Essex libraries protest


Opinion

TV Review: Chernobyl - Workers' heroism vs sclerotic Stalinism

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