Thursday, May 21, 2009

Workers' Fightback: Update 3

The big news this time is the end of the Visteon occupation in Belfast, and pickets in Basildon and Enfield, after seven weeks of protest and direct action, which has seen sacked workers win a much improved redundancy package. Their bank accounts are expected to credited with tens of thousands of pounds over the next few days.

There have been unofficial (‘wildcat’) strikes taken around the country at liquefied natural gas terminals. Like the dispute based at the Lindsey oil refinery back in February, there is a nationalist element to the walkouts. However, it’s still unclear how important ‘British jobs for British workers’ is for the workers at South Hook in Pembrokeshire and around the country. Certainly, that’s the angle that the corporate media are taking (e.g. The Independent).

Those who were following the Greek uprising over the winter may be interested in this update on LibCom. It’s certainly not gone quiet over there, what with cleaners marching, lawyers (physically) attacking the ‘Justice’ Minister over proposed anti-anarchist laws, and doctors striking for the hiring of more doctors!

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