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Private sector support: ‘We won’t be divided’

Issue No. 2281

There was huge support from private sector workers during the strikes.

They visited picket lines, contributed to strike funds and marched alongside their public sector co-workers.

Some 200 electricians gathered at the Balfour Beatty site at Blackfriars in central London on the day. The protest was part of their ongoing battle to stop building bosses slashing their pay and attacking their conditions.

Workers were delighted with the recent vote for strikes at Balfour Beatty, which saw some 81 percent back action. Electricians marched, despite police opposition, to join Prospect, PCS and FDA union members picketing at the Health and Safety Executive. More than 100 people from Occupy London joined them.

They then marched to meet Unison members on a Southwark council picket line. Next they marched to St Thomas’ Hospital.

In Whipps Cross, east London, bus workers from Leyton bus depot joined a lunchtime rally of over 100 health workers at the hospital.

Paul, a health and safety inspector, told Socialist Worker, “The government say because the private sector pensions were torn apart, they have to tear up ours. But when we come together we can turn this around.”

In Camberwell, London, a cafe donated pastries for strikers’ breakfast.

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Thu 1 Dec 2011, 12:30 GMT
Issue No. 2281
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