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GMB ballots

by Henry Rajch, GMB branch secretary (personal capacity)
Issue No. 1821

THE DEFEAT for the Labour Party leadership in the conference vote last week on PFI confirms the high level of opposition to this policy. Tony Blair then told the unions, 'Work with us and we may do something about the two-tier workforce that now exists in the private sector.'

Disgracefully, John Edmunds, general secretary of the GMB, responded by calling off planned strike ballots among tens of thousands of workers who are employed by contractors in local government. Our GMB campaign against PFI recognises 'the ground breaking agreement achieved following strike action at University College Hospital and nearly a year of strike action by support staff at Dudley Hospital'.

The GMB declares that 'PFI is one big fiddle' and says, 'It is time for the government to stop promoting this failed Tory policy.' The only way to defeat Blair and his Tory policy is by taking strike action against PFI. The last thing we should be doing is calling ballots off.

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Sat 12 Oct 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1821
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