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Whose job is next?

Issue No. 1744

AXE spreads to 'new' industries

  • Motorola: 3,200 jobs threatened
  • Cammell Laird: 2,500 jobs threatened
  • Marconi: 1,500 workers to be axed
  • Ericsson and Cisco to make big cuts

Whose job is next?

JOHN AND Marie McDougall work at Motorola in Bathgate. Both have been made redundant twice before. "I thought Motorola was the jewel in the crown of Silicon Glen," says John. "Now I fear the worst." 

CHANCELLOR GORDON Brown has long claimed that New Labour policies would mean "no return to boom and bust".

Not any more. Now he says that the "ups and downs of the economic cycle" are "inevitable". His about-turn comes after a week of job cuts or threats to jobs across Britain. The job cuts are not just in "old" industries like steel and shipbuilding. They have spread to "sunrise" industries like electronics that we were told were the future.

Things could get much worse, with the slowdown in the US economy threatening to bring disaster to Britain as giant firms cut back. Some say there should be no fight and no protests. They say all we can do is cosy up to giant firms and hope they'll listen to pleas. The truth is there is only one way to save jobs, and one language the job slashers will listen to. Only if workers strike, demonstrate and occupy will we stop the job cuts.

We should demand union leaders organise a storm of protest to defend our jobs. And while New Labour cuddles up to the multinationals which are slashing jobs and wrecking communities, we also need to build a socialist election challenge to New Labour.

  • Now see pages 4 and 5
  • Fight back against job losses 
  • Build socialist election challenge

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Sat 21 Apr 2001, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1744
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