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Unite against the real enemy

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Issue 1745

Jobs slaughter

Unite against the real enemy

WORKERS AT Motorola in Scotland were stunned to hear on Tuesday of this week that over 3,000 jobs at the plant are to be axed. The US mobile phone company announced it would shut the whole factory, devastating those who were told they had secure jobs in the “new economy” of Silicon Glen.

Motorola’s announcement is a snub to Tony Blair. His recent phone calls to the US begging the company to save the plant have been treated with contempt. His intervention to try to stop the steel firm Corus cutting jobs also failed miserably.

Blair wants to wine and dine with the wolves, but then wonders why he can’t stop them from gobbling up those around them. Workers across Britain are angry at the jobs massacre. That is why 800 workers at Cammell Laird in Birkenhead on Merseyside held a demonstration outside the factory on Tuesday morning.

They fear thousands of jobs may go after the company called in the receivers last week. “The mass rally outside the yard gates was anti-government more than anything,” said John McCavish, an AEEU shop steward at the plant. We are still no further down the road as regards what’s going to happen, and we feel the government could have helped us a lot more.”

The union leaders must start fighting hard to save every job at Motorola, Cammell Laird and other threatened plants. Such a fight would win wide support from workers everywhere who feel the same insecurity about their own jobs.

The Socialist Alliance and Scottish Socialist Party, which are standing as an alternative to New Labour in the election, have a solution to the jobs massacre. The government should take over threatened factories, safeguarding workers’ jobs and lives, without compensating firms who put their profits and shareholders first.

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