Winning for Workers

The Bakers Food and Allied Workers’ Union pursued a beautifully successful struggle against the Hovis company in Wigan. Plans for redundancies were stopped and so was the use of zero hours contracts and the undermining of collective agreements.

Unity, the former ceramics union based largely around Stoke, conducted elegant negotiations and tactics to force a decent pay rise out of Denby.

Both struggles were pursued by specialist trade unions and both exemplified some sound principles of organisation and struggle along with astute tactics. Some of the features were absolute unity and determination of members and preparedness of members to take strike action, a high level of democratic engagement in the tactics, solid shop floor organisation, effective communications and trust between leaderships and members, as well as iron will.

These are not the struggles of the mass simultaneous movement, nor are they idle rhetorical gestures on platforms; they are much more important, and remind us again in such a time of difficulty that workers determined, organised and united can win against all odds.

Zero hours contracts will not go because a politician wants them to and pay rises cannot be offered by any Labour politician except those in local government (and they have supported government pay restraint). Only organised workers can achieve real change.

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Amid a spike in covid infections the US Biden regime, are set to end the moratorium on evictions; 3.6 million face homelessness, while a further 11.4 million live in fear because their families are in rent arrears.
Decent housing should be a right for all
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/7/31/millions-across-us-at-risk-of-eviction-as-covid-surges

Mexico sends ships with medical supplies, food & fuel to Cuba; ignoring the embargo dictated by the regional bullyboys of the USA. President Lopez Obrador suggested Cuba be declared a world heritage site because of their resistance to US imperialism.
https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/3-mexican-navy-ships-ships-en-route-to-cuba-to-deliver-humanitarian-aid/

If Cuba proves that socialism doesn’t work, does Haiti prove that capitalism doesn’t work? (And remember, Cuba is under a 60-yr US blockade while Haiti gets billions in US aid.)

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