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GM's 'divide and rule' tactics

Issue No. 1734

'This is back to divide and rule.' So said a Vauxhall car worker in Luton this week. The result of the strike ballot by Vauxhall workers for action to save the Luton plant was to be announced at the end of this week.

General Motors (GM) wants to close down its Luton factory, axe over 1,200 jobs and devastate the south east England town.

Both the Luton and Ellesmere Port plants are balloting to strike against the multinational's plans.

But Luton workers were furious on Monday when the company announced that it is to pump £200 million of new investment into Ellesmere Port. Workers stopped work for 45 minutes when they heard the news.

'We are angry and disgusted,' one worker told Socialist Worker. 'They announced this in the middle of the ballot deliberately. This is a management tactic to affect the ballot result. They want to break the unity of the two plants.'

Ellesmere Port workers staged a half-day unofficial strike in solidarity with Luton last month, and they walked out in solidarity when the closure of Luton was announced.

That is exactly the unity that can beat GM. Vauxhall workers at both plants should vote to strike.

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Sat 10 Feb 2001, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1734
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