Supporters of the People Before Profit Charter held a meeting in Merthyr Tydfil, south Wales on Wednesday of last week over job losses.
Hoover, a major employer in the town, has announced that 337 workers out of a workforce of 500 are to be made redundant.
The cuts have generated a lot of anger among ordinary people and Hoover workers – but their union is failing to lead a fight to keep the jobs. Unfortunately this means that many workers feel that nothing can be done about the redundancies.
Because of this, Wednesday’s meeting was small and did not succeed in attracting workers from the plant.
Many at the meeting spoke of the contradictions between the fear that workers feel in the recession and anger at paying the price for it.
Some pointed out that, if union leaders led a fight then workers would be given confidence and such fights could become a rallying point for other groups of workers facing attacks.
This means fighting to win an argument at all levels of the union that it is possible for workers to resist and win.