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Unity statement wins backing

Issue No. 2141

Initiators of a statement calling for unity in the fight for jobs are urging trade unionists to sign it.

The statement was launched in response to the recent unofficial walk-outs in construction and aims to shape the direction of resistance in the recession.

It opposes neoliberal policies and attacks on workers. It points out that the slogan “British Jobs For British Workers”, which was used in the construction dispute, “can only lead to deep divisions inside working class communities”.

Over 1,600 people have signed it so far.

Signatories include Tony Woodley, the Unite union’s joint general secretary, Mark Serwotka, the PCS civil service workers’ union general secretary, and left wing Labour MP John McDonnell.

National executive members of the Unite, NUT, PCS and UCU unions have also added their name to the statement, along with hundreds of activists.

Organisers are planning to send the statement to national newspapers on Friday of this week to print on their letters pages. They are asking people to sign it by 12 noon on Thursday of this week, though people can still continue to add their names to the statement after that.

To read the statement in full or to add your name go to »

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Tue 3 Mar 2009, 18:33 GMT
Issue No. 2141
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