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Seattle shockwaves

Issue No. 1711

'The great movement which began in Seattle has grown massively.' That's the verdict of Todd Chrétien of Socialist Worker's US sister organisation on last week's demonstrations outside the Democratic Party convention in Los Angeles.

US workers and their unions have this week shown how to build on that spirit. A two-week strike by 87,000 telecom workers in cities down the East Coast against Verizon, the country's second biggest telecom company, looked to be ending in victory.

Workers have won 12 percent wage rises, limits on overtime and the right to unionise the fast growing mobile phone division of the company. The BBC reported, 'The strike has been one of the most visible in the nation, with the union picketing over 300 telephone offices and holding a mass rally. The strike is part of a revival of worker militancy in the US which began with the union-backed demonstrations against the world trade talks in Seattle.'


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What We Think
Sat 26 Aug 2000, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1711
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