Socialist Worker

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Issue No. 1711

'The strike is justified. You could say it's about a specific individual, but there is a whole principle of not having victimisation and fear.' These are the words of one of the strikers at Oxford University Press (OUP) who began an all-out strike on Tuesday of this week. This is only the second strike in OUP's 500-year history.

Two hundred and seventy members of the technical workers' MSF union at OUP are striking to support the senior convenor, Brendan George. He has been sacked for being a union activist.

They are demanding that he is reinstated, and that there is an end to management victimisation of union members. The strikers are receiving massive support from other workers. Contractors and freelancers have turned away because of the strike, and postal workers have refused to deliver mail.

The strike has built the union. 'One non-member went into work for half an hour, couldn't stand it, came out and joined the union. Since then they have been picketing everybody else,' said another striker.

As Socialist Worker went to press the strikers were meeting to decide the future of the strike. Whatever the result of the dispute they can be proud that they have stood up against the bosses' attacks.

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