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Resistance intensifies on many fronts

by Matthew Cookson
Issue No. 2146

The magnificent action by Visteon workers occupying their factories is the sharp end of struggle in Britain – and has radically changed the mood among many of those fighting the impacts of the recession.

Growing numbers of people are taking militant action elsewhere to defend their jobs, communities and services – as seen in the occupations of Glasgow schools, the Prisme factory in Dundee and a council flat in south London.

There are also other important battles.

Activists in the RMT transport union on London Underground were this week expecting their 10,000 members to deliver a strong vote to strike against management’s attacks on pay and jobs, and its bullying of workers.

A strike on the tube could bring London to a juddering standstill.

Postal workers in many parts of the country, particularly London, are also set to be balloted for action by their CWU union against Royal Mail’s attacks.

Meanwhile, Glasgow is a city in revolt – with the school occupations, strikes at the Daily Record and Sunday Mail newspapers over compulsory redundancies, an indefinite strike by community service supervisors and 10,000 council workers in the Unison union balloting for action over the single status pay deal.

Call centre workers in the PCS union at the Revenue & Customs government department have voted by 74.4 percent for strike action over attacks on their terms and conditions.

This could mean action by around 10,000 workers.

May is building up to be a month of protests.

As well as the traditional May Day protests, there will be a national demonstration in Birmingham on Saturday 16 May against job cuts in manufacturing, called by the Unite union.

There are also important protests at Liverpool university, where workers and students face course closures and redundancies, and Doncaster College, which is planning 300 job cuts. Both take place on Saturday 9 May.

The UCU lecturers’ union and the PCS civil service workers’ union have called a joint demonstration on

23 May against hundreds of job cuts at London Metropolitan University and Archway Towers.

Construction workers will march to the Olympics site in east London on Wednesday 6 May to protest over contracting and safety.

Over the next few weeks we have a real chance to take the struggle forward.

For more on many of these disputes and campaigns, see News and Reports

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Tue 7 Apr 2009, 19:04 BST
Issue No. 2146
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