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Workers confront fat cats

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Issue 1679

Marks & Spencer jobs protest

Workers confront fat cats

WORKERS FROM Baird’s clothing factories staged a protest outside a London Marks & Spencer store last week. They were highlighting the retail giant’s decision to scrap supply contracts with Baird’s. This threatens the jobs of 6,000 workers at 14 factories. Workers, in the GMB union, confronted mock “fat cats” outside the store to make the point that the jobs were being cut to satisfy shareholders’ demands for still more profit.

Ann Leader was one of those protesting. She worked at Baird’s plant in Maesteg in south Wales, which has now closed. “Marks & Spencer made half a billion pounds profit and they say that’s not enough,” she explained. “The closures will devastate communities. In our area the mines are gone and now the factories are shutting.” The workers’ GMB union is organising a series of similar protests. To beat the bosses and their jobs cuts, though, will mean backing that up with mass demonstrations, strikes and occupations of threatened plants.

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