Unions Can End Austerity Now

Workers at the Hovis Bakery in Wigan have shown how a determined group of workers can defeat the attempts by employers to cut wages and conditions. Faced by attempts of management to replace permanent workers by agency workers on zero hours contracts and lower pay, they mounted a stoppage with mass pickets to stop deliveries to and from the bakery. In spite of a huge police presence many drivers respected the picket and turned back, and Hovis drivers within the factory who were not part of the dispute also refused to cross. After two weeks management caved in and agreed to all the strikers’ demands. Existing agency workers will be given full time contracts on union agreed rates, and future peaks in demand will be met by working overtime and banking hours for use in troughs in demand. This stunning victory is in stark contrast to the mood at the annual conference of the Trades Union Congress. Frances O’Grady’s speech was reported as militant in saying that the general strike should be maintained  “in the armoury” of the TUC, whereas the reality is that this marked a substantial retreat from last year’s motion that the TUC should seriously investigate the practicalities of a general strike. Several union leaders talked of the need for coordinated action


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Investigative Journalist/Researcher for major media. Exposing the truth and police corruption with in UK police service.Certain forces say their motto is Honesty & Integrity One must ask is it lip service or genuinely meant. CO-OP Labour Party member questioning is the party standing for working class of Britain. Trade Union Activist & promoting diversity,community cohesion within multicultural Britain. Anti fascist speaks out against all foams of discrimination.
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