Socialist Worker

New spirit of militancy spreads across the unions

Issue No. 2168

The industrial coverage in this week’s Socialist Worker highlights the new wave of struggles breaking out in different areas across Britain.

Although all the actions are different, a number of key factors join them together. Each battle shows that many are not willing to accept management attacks and are taking decisive militant action, which is often indefinite and unofficial, and sometimes both.

Unofficial Workers are not waiting on official ballots, and instead taking fast, illegal action that has left the bosses floundering.

Bus drivers at Sovereign’s Edgware garage in London walked out early last Saturday over the imposition of new rotas.

Workers at the Two Sisters Foods factory took unofficial action last week after their union reps were disciplined.

All-out Refuse workers in Leeds and lecturers at Tower Hamlets College are currently on all-out strike.

Construction workers at Barrow Centrica terminal have also taken all-out action.

Imagination Workers at London Midland brought trains to a halt when not enough of them volunteered to turn up after the ending of double pay on a Sunday.

The company had to cancel all but one of its train services.

Young workers Young workers are coming to the forefront in many of the fights, organising and taking them forward.

Victory Management backed down on all the proposed changes at the Sovereign Edgware garage after hours of the unofficial strike.

Servisair staff’s all-out strike at Liverpool John Lennon Airport forced management to back off from compulsory redundancies.

These disputes are breaking down the idea that it is impossible to win anything by fighting, which was prevalent among many workers after the defeats the unions suffered in the 1980s and 1990s.

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