‘We’ve got to fight this all the way, and not let General Motors grind us down. We’re marching. We’re striking.’ They were the words of a Vauxhall shop steward in Luton this week. The car plant is owned by giant multinational General Motors (GM), the world’s biggest manufacturing corporation.
GM is hugely profitable. But its bosses want to shut down the Luton plant and throw over 2,000 workers on the dole. Their motive is simple and crude. They want even more profit, and will wreck workers’ lives and futures to get it.
Shop stewards in Vauxhall have called a demonstration in Luton on Saturday to launch a fight for jobs. ‘It is disgusting what is happening. What is Luton going to do if Vauxhall closes? I’ll be on the demonstration on Saturday. I’m hoping for thousands,’ says another.
It’s not just General Motors that is threatening workers’ futures. Steel multinational Corus is holding the axe over plants at Llanwern in South Wales and on Teesside, threatening thousands of jobs. Giant defence firm BAE Systems wants to axe 2,000 jobs. Food multinational Danone is slashing 3,000 jobs across Europe.
These firms want a world where nothing stands in the way of them grabbing ever more wealth, and they will trample on anything and anyone to get it. Scraping The New Labour government goes along with these firms, bowing and scraping to the multinationals.
But they can be stopped. Workers make the profits they all depend on. We can humble them-if we fight. Everyone should get behind the Vauxhall fight-it’s time to stand up to the greedy multinationals.
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