Defending jobs

12 August: day of solidarity with the Vestas workers' battle

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12 August, 2009 - 19:29

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5.30pm at Vestas Venture Quays factory, East Cowes - and many locations round the country

Description: 

Organise actions everywhere! Post what you've organised on savevestas.wordpress.com, and check there for information from other areas and for ideas.

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Solidarity with Vestas Workers - demonstrate in London 6 August

Date: 

6 August, 2009 - 19:30 to 20:30

Location: 

Outside the Department for Energy and Climate Change, 3 Whitehall Place (Embankment Tube)

Description: 

Show your support for the Vestas workers fighting for their jobs, and demand that the government nationalise this essential part of sustainable industry. Called by Campaign Against Climate Change.

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Back Vestas workers! Protest outside Newport courthouse

Date: 

29 July, 2009 - 10:30

Location: 

Courthouse, Quay St, Newport, Isle of Wight

Description: 

On Wednesday 29 July Vestas bosses will be seeking a "possession order" against workers occupying the Vestas factory at St Cross, Newport, Isle of Wight. Join the protest outside the courthouse in support of the occupying workers!

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AWL meeting, Isle of Wight. Lessons from history: "With Babies and Banners".

Date: 

26 July, 2009 - 20:00 to 22:00

Location: 

Victoria Room, Methodist Church, Quay St, Isle of Wight

Description: 

- As a contribution to the Save Vestas campaign, we are showing With Babies and Banners, a film about the 1936 struggle at General Motors factories in Flint, Michigan, whose victory curbed a vicious management, launched the unionisation of the US car industry and inspired millions of American workers to fight the effects of the Depression.
- The film focuses in particular on the role of women workers, strikers' families and wider community support in the victory.
- Followed by discussion, with plenty of time for questions and contributions.

For more information email awl@workersliberty.org or ring Ed on 07775 763 750

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Meeting to discuss building the defence of GM jobs at Luton

Date: 

27 October, 2008 - 19:00

Location: 

Luton Postels Club 3 Dunstable Rd (on corner with Cardiff Rd by Post Office)

Description: 

Supported by Luton Trades Union Council.

GM’s Crisis is of GM’s making. We must not pay the price for our incompetent bosses.
NO PAY CUTS FOR DOWN DAYS!
GM’s imposition of Down days at Luton will be a concern for workers at the plant. We know that GM would like to get away with cutting workers pay for non-productive days and so far the union has resisted this. Today GM’s crisis looks deeper than ever. Last Thursday its shares crashed 31% and its share price dropped to its lowest level for 60years. Worth $52bn at its peak in 2000 it dropped below $2.7bn in market value. Less than it was worth at the beginning of the Great Depression! Company Directors who in March awarded themselves multi million dollar salaries have gone cap in hand to the White House for a Bankers style handout. Chief Executive Rick Wagoner is expecting to pocket $2.2 million for his 2008 salary alone. Having lost $38bn last year GM is working to cut $10bn in costs and raise $5bn from the sale of ‘assets’ like the gas guzzling Hummer brand. Haven’t they heard of Global Warming? Did they know Asian carmakers were producing smaller more fuel efficient vehicles? Where is the planning, the foresight and the concern for the environment and workers jobs?

When GM was making record profits car workers did not receive big pay increases and were told profits would be reinvested in the industry. Now the Bosses expect workers to pay for their greed and incompetence. The Union must continue to fight for full pay during Down days and prepare and organise from the bottom to the top of the Union to resist any threat to pay or jobs. The government should be told that they will face massive protests if thousands more jobs are allowed to go to the wall.

Gordon Brown has shown that when the free market is in crisis and the profits for the fat cats are plummeting he can find tens of billions to bail them out. If it is good enough for the Bankers who produce nothing what about those of us who work in the real economy? A recession is looming the scale of that recession can only be guessed at but what is certain is that if jobs at this plant are thrown away alternatives will be few and far between.

There are encouraging signs elsewhere that other workers are not going to accept the bosses and governments demand that workers pay for their crisis. Bus workers across London have been voting by massive majorities to strike over pay and picket lines have been fantastically well supported in stopping all but a couple of scab services. Public sector workers have voted to strike against below inflation pay restraint. We should call on the union to join up with other unions to build a movement to fight redundancies, cuts in pay, house repossessions and to start to build a world that does not rely on the waste and madness of capitalism to determine our future.

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Demonstrate Against Tube Cleaners' Job Cuts

Date: 

31 January, 2007 - 15:00 to 16:00

Location: 

TubeLines' offices, 15 Westferry Circus, Canary Wharf, London E14 (Canary Wharf Tube or DLR)

Description: 

Join RMT in protesting against the plan by ISS to cut over 200 jobs, on the day that the company is expected to issue post-dated compulsory redundancy notices.

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Support Jaguar workers! March and rally

Date: 

27 November, 2004 - 09:30

Location: 

Millennium Place, Coventry

Description: 

March organised by TGWU and Amicus against job cuts at Jaguar. To join all the Jaguar workers on the march assemble at Millennium Place from 09:30 am or alternatively voice your support by joining the rally at Speakers Corner, next to Coventry Council Buildings from 10:30 am. More on the TGWU website.

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Coalition attacks employment rights

On 23 November the Tory/ Lib-Dem government announced an assault on employment rights.

On 23 November the Tory/ Lib-Dem government announced an assault on employment rights.

• You won't be able to claim unfair dismissal until you've been in a job two years (present limit: one year)
• You'll have to pay to go to an employment tribunal
• The law will inch towards allowing workers to be sacked without redress, so that an employer can threaten a worker, and push them halfway out of the door, in a "protected conversation", without any comeback
• The compulsory consultation time for redundancies may be reduced from 90 days to 30 days.

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Women are now losing more jobs

Straight after the 2008 crash, more men than women lost their jobs, with male unemployment peaking in 2009. Male unemployment has since dropped by 6%. But the number of unemployed women has risen by 13%.

Women are suffering from the cuts in public sector jobs (400,000 jobs due to go in the next five years) and in retail.

Women workers are also having their hours cut. At the last count 12.2% of women working part-time would like to work full-time.

Straight after the 2008 crash, more men than women lost their jobs, with male unemployment peaking in 2009. Male unemployment has since dropped by 6%. But the number of unemployed women has risen by 13%.

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Bombardier Derby: RMT Exec says "This is workers vs bosses, not British vs German"

The RMT Executive (General Grades Committee) resolution on Bombardier Derby, 21/07/11, rejects moves to "portray it as a nationalist, British vs. German issue, rather than a class issue of workers vs bosses", and states "There should be enough train manufacturing work to ensure jobs in train manufacturing in this country and in others, preventing job cuts in Bombardier, Siemens or any other company".

"There should be enough train manufacturing work to ensure jobs in train manufacturing in this country and in others, preventing job cuts in Bombardier, Siemens or any other company..."

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Save jobs at Bombardier!

Workers will rally in Derby on 23 July to protest the loss of 1,400 jobs at the Bombardier train manufacturing plant.

The losses come as a result of the government’s decision on 16 June to award the £1.5 billion contract for new carriages for the Thameslink rail line to German manufacturer Siemens.

Workers will rally in Derby on 23 July to protest the loss of 1,400 jobs at the Bombardier train manufacturing plant.

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Unions call 23 July demo over Bombardier jobs

Unions representing the Bombardier train-manufacturing workforce in Derby are organising a demonstration on Saturday 23 July in protest at plans to axe over 1400 jobs as a result of the Thameslink carriage contract going elsewhere.

Saturday 23 July

Assemble 10:00, Bass Recreation Ground, The Cock Pitt, Derby DE1 2

March to rally at Cathedral Green.

Unions including RMT and Unite have called a demonstration to save the jobs at Bombardier in Derby.

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Cuts fight. Where? On the ground. When? Now.

Cuts

According to the Morning Star, a meeting of all TUC unions on 28 January "united to beat Con-Dem axemen" and "thrashed out plans" for action.

Bob Crow, general secretary of the rail union RMT, one of the TUC's most militant unions, declared that the meeting sent a "clear message" to the government.

Sadly, it's not true. The union leaders reaffirmed the TUC's 26 March demonstration against cuts - but that was already fixed - and beyond that resolved only not to rule out coordinated strikes as a "last resort".

Despite a 28 January meeting of all TUC union leaders, the sharp end of the cuts fight is still in local action.

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Cuts fight: don't wait for the big bang!

Cuts

On Friday 28 January the TUC is holding a meeting of all its affiliated unions to discuss possibilities for co-ordinated industrial action against the cuts.

That's good. But don't hold your breath. The core of anti-cuts strategy for a while yet will be local organisation, and pressure on union leaders to encourage, support, publicise, and extend partial battles in which groups of workers feel confident to fight cuts.

The core of anti-cuts strategy for a while yet will be local organisation, and pressure on union leaders to encourage, support, publicise, and extend partial battles in which groups of workers feel confident to fight cuts.

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Connaught workers sacked by conference call

Barnet Council Unison report that their members working for the collapsed building maintenance firm Connaught have been sacked by conference call. The same is reported happening on Merseyside. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-11257089

According to the BBC report, construction group Morgan Sindall has agreed a deal to take on 2,500 of Connaught's 4,400 workforce. Which leaves the others surplus to requirements?

Workers for the collapsed Connaught company are told to ring administrators KPMG and sacked by conference call.

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How to save jobs and services

Author: 

Todd Hamer

A Treasury report released this month suggests that 600,000 public sector jobs and up to 700,000 private sector jobs will be slashed by 2015 as a result of George Osbourne’s austerity budget.

We need such a movement now to defend jobs and services, but we need to be armed with the facts and arguments.

A Treasury report released this month suggests that 600,000 public sector jobs and up to 700,000 private sector jobs will be slashed by 2015 as a result of George Osbourne’s austerity budget.

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BA Heathrow picket lines are strong

Author: 

Daniel Randall

A Workers' Climate Action delegation, including several AWL members, went out to Heathrow on 19 March to be on the spot for the start of picketing on 20 March. We were hosted at Grow Heathrow, a squatted space run by Transition Heathrow (a group of Climate Camp-type activists who've moved to Sipson to focus their activism in the area).

A Workers' Climate Action delegation, including several AWL members, went out to Heathrow on 19 March to be on the spot for the start of picketing on 20 March.

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