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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Hazards Campaign shows the union movement speak for humanity in Britain. The government created a chaotic and irrational response to the continuing transmission of the virus, not starting control measures early enough & stopping them before they should.
http://www.hazardscampaign.org.uk/blog/the-hazards-campaign-calls-for-the-government-to-adopt-immediately-a-zero-covid19-policy

PSC will ask DWP members whether they are prepared to take industrial action over the government’s insistence that jobcentres extend their hours until 8pm on weekdays and fully open to the public, despite the very real danger of a second Covid-19 spike. 
https://www.pcs.org.uk/news/pcs-to-launch-consultative-ballot-for-industrial-action-over-jobcentre-hours-extension

Trade unions provide unity & a collective approach.
West Midlands TUC called for a summit of local Trade Unionists and politicians following announcements of 8000 job losses. Unions have led on Covid safety & now again they take the lead in jobs crisis.
https://unitetheunion.org/news-events/news/2020/july/unite-backing-summit-to-win-support-for-west-midlands-as-8000-jobs-go-in-under-a-week/

Job losses at Alexander Dennis the bus manufacturer; 650 across Britain. Unite calls on government to bring forward £3 billion plan for 4,000 new green buses on UK’s roads. Make it in Britain! Public procurement from Britain!
Make Brexit work for Workers!
https://unitetheunion.org/news-events/news/2020/july/bus-maker-alexander-dennis-job-losses-devastating-blow/

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