Workers from the Waterford Crystal factory occupation received a very warm welcome when they visited Glasgow last week.
Trade unionists, students and other campaigners crammed into a public meeting to hear Waterford workers Liam O’Rourke and Tom Powers explain why their fight for jobs and pensions at the plant in Ireland was the same fight faced by workers in Britain.
Liam and Tom were joined on the platform by senior Unite union steward Willie Black (in a personal capacity), Chris Harman, editor of International Socialism journal, and Donald McNaughton from Glasgow council’s community service supervisors who are now in their ninth week of indefinite strike action.
The audience listened avidly as the Waterford speakers explained how they were now organising to maintain the plant, run the gift shop and tea room, and even clean the toilets.
Waterford workers were set to visit other workplaces in London and elsewhere this week.
A further series of trade union meetings has been set up for early March in Glasgow and Edinburgh.