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Back the People Before Profit Charter for workers’ rights

by Richard Allday, chair Unite road transport trade group, London and Eastern (pc)
Issue No. 2111

Richard Allday

Richard Allday

The People Before Profit Charter to defend workers’ rights and conditions in the face of a deepening economic crisis is winning wide support among working class people.

I visited the picket line of Argos workers in Basildon in Essex to show solidarity on Thursday of last week.

The Unite union’s convenor and deputy convenor at the depot both signed the charter.

Scores of local government, other Argos and civil service strikers have also added their names in the last week.

Ordinary working people have suffered for 25 years under the Tories and New Labour.

We have faced vicious attacks on our living standards and our working conditions.

The charter can be a rallying point for those that want to resist the chaos of the market and the attacks from bosses and New Labour.

The victories that workers such as the Shell tanker drivers, who won a 14 percent pay rise over two years, and Brighton bus workers, who won 7 percent, should inspire us to fight on to obliterate poverty pay from the public and private sector.

Every worker, student and pensioner, anti-war activist and housing campaigner, needs to mobilise around the charter to create a rallying point for everyone who wants to feed the resistance growing across Britain.

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Tue 22 Jul 2008, 19:22 BST
Issue No. 2111
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