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Dockers march to stop casualisation

by Kate Connelly
Issue No. 2160

There was a lively demonstration of up to 200 people in Great Yarmouth on Thursday of last week against plans to casualise the jobs of 11 dockers at the port.

Dockers travelled from Felixstowe, Tilbury, Liverpool, Hull and Goole, Immingham, Thamesport, and Dover to attend.

Many see this as part of a bosses’ offensive that will attack conditions across the industry.

Steven Drew, the union steward on Yarmouth docks, tore up the casual workers’ contract to cheers and applause.

If the Yarmouth dockers mount a combative campaign they will be able to rely upon the solidarity that was so evidently behind them on Thursday.

Mike Wiggins, a senior shop steward at Felixstowe, told Socialist Worker that his attendance was “100 percent about solidarity.

“If we win it will help all workers in small or big businesses to say you’re not going to push us around.”

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Tue 14 Jul 2009, 18:56 BST
Issue No. 2160
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