Thursday, 25 June 2009

Exciting times

There's been a very impressive spate of walkouts in the last few days, starting with the Lindsey refinery workers in Lincolnshire. The 'British Jobs for British Workers' stance has, thankfully, been less in evidence than a few months ago. Ruthless employers are clearly in workers' firing line this time around.

After 600 workers were sacked at Lindsey by the oil giant Total, unofficial strikes - involving thousands of workers - at various construction sites sent a powerful signal. The message was that even a major multinational can't simply ride roughshod over people's livelihoods. The strikes continue at a number of sites.

Gary, a fellow Socialist Workers Party activist here in the North East, visited the Wilton biofuel plant in Teesside today. This is one of the sites of solidarity strike action in recent days. Gary was inspired by the mood and militancy of the workers:

'The working class are fighting back again and it's great to be part of it. It's been a long time coming but we're now seeing an upturn in the struggle. Real economic clashes are taking place up and down the country. Real solidarity is being shown. These are exciting times!'

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