Hundreds of trade unionists have signed a broad-based statement calling for a united fight over jobs and pointing to the dangers of targeting “foreign workers”.
The statement is in response to the unofficial walkouts in construction and is part of an attempt to shape the direction of resistance to the recession.
The statement points to the scale of job losses across Europe and the resistance by workers in Greece and France in particular.
It opposes neoliberal policies such as privatisation and subcontracting that are used to drive down wages and conditions. The statement says, “We can sense the mood for a fightback in Britain.”
However it goes on to point out that the slogan “British Jobs For British Workers”, which came to prominence during the construction dispute, “can only lead to deep divisions inside working class communities”.
Many trade unionists and community campaigners have raised support for the statement.
UCU executive member James Eaden raised it at the Chesterfield trades council.
Those adding their names included the coordinator of the Chesterfield Unemployed Workers Centre, two Ucatt union members and a Unison delegate who is a member of the Labour Party.
James told Socialist Worker, “After a discussion, everyone at the trades council signed.
“The statement can help to shape the response to the economic crisis. It’s also a good way to raise support for the TUC demonstration at the G20 on 28 March. We need to be using it more widely to engage with other trade union activists and campaigners.”
To read the statement in full or to add your name go to » www.petitiononline.com/jobs0209/