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(en) On the Frontline -Resistance #21 (AF Ireland)

From Al S <klasbatalemo@yahoo.ie>
Date Sat, 15 Mar 2003 21:57:14 +0100 (CET)


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If your house is on fire, who do you call? And if
payment were possible, how much would you pay the
fire-fighter who risks his/her life to save your own?

Currently, our fire-fighters are valued at 4%.
The recent upsurge in the fire-fighters? struggle in
the north and their demands for a decent wage bear
uneasy comparison with the massive amounts of capital
Blair and co. are pumping into the war chest in
preparation for an escalation of hostilities with
Iraq.

The string of strikes across the province indicate the
militancy that exists among the fire-fighters, and the
solidarity that has been built up will give, we hope,
to future struggles.

That said, the struggle has to network with other
struggles, with workers in other sectors, and broaden
to the community at large. It means the fire-fighters
forging links with the workers at Shorts (see below),
with non-unionised labour, with students, with
home-makers. We need to create a network of resistance
groups that operate in and out of the workplace where
all can participate and gain the confidence to express
their refusal to accept what capitalism has to offer.
It requires workers and others trusting in their own
capacity to force a change in a status quo that sees
privatisation and modernisation decimate our
industries, enforcing casualisation and undermining
living standards. It requires wildcat strikes that go
over the head of the union bureaucrats; sabotage,
secondary picketing, go-slows, and other forms of
direct action.

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They?re at it again at Shorts! Last time under cover
of 9-11 (see Resistance#4); this time under the shadow
of the upcoming US-UK bombing of Iraq. In all, 1,181
workers have been given their HR1 redundancy notices
which gives them 90 days notice -by which time most
Iraqi workers will join them on the scrap-heap!. A
company spokesman stated:

??the aerospace industry continues to face challenging
times and an uncertain, fluctuating market.? That?s
the commercial air-liners, mind you -business is
booming in military aircraft production. But wait?

?we are positioning ourselves to take advantage of an
upturn in the market. It is essential that the company
remains competitive and ready for the upturn when it
comes.?

Well, there you have it. 1200 sackings because Shorts
can?t have even the slightest of gaps in their
profits. The markets will ?normalise? (?), but will
the workers get their jobs back? Methinks not.

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>From the pages of Resistance #21, regular monthly
bulletin of the Anarchist Federation.

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