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(en) UK, Resistance anarchist bulletin #49 - ON THE FRONTLINE

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Mon, 19 May 2003 08:21:59 +0200 (CEST)

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THE DAY-TO-DAY class war has been con-
tinuing as normal, demonstrating the non-
sense behind the idea that the country has
united around the bosses in a time of war.
· More trouble for management in
the midlands car factories - MG Rover
workers have overwhelmingly voted for
strike action over the offer of a paltry 2.2%
pay rise ­ in the same week that Chief
Parasite ­ sorry, Chief Executive Kevin
Howe was awarded a £500 000 bonus.
The fire-fighters dispute rumbles
on, despite desperate attempts by the
Union bureaucrats to bring about a hu-
miliating 'settlement' and deliberate mo-
rale weakening statements from the same.
At a Brighton Conference delegates
voted to reject the 16% offer recom-
mended by the executive and setting up
the very real prospect of 'rebel strikes'
once the War is over - clearly sticking two
fingers up to the FBU chiefs whose mis-
handling of the dispute has highlighted
the danger of relying on well-paid repre-
sentatives to fight our battles - they've
more in common with the bosses across
the table than the workers.

· Wales & Borders, Central Trains
,Virgin West Coast, Virgin Cross Country
and Midland Mainline and ScotRail were
all hit by strikes by guards and conduc-
tors over Easter (one of their most profit-
able weekends) over safety worries (the
companies want a 'looser' safety-book to
save money). Most of the lines were only
able to operate less than 50% of their
scheduled journeys and suffered financial
losses probably in the millions.

· Hospital cleaners, porters and ca-
tering workers are on strike at hospitals
in Scunthorpe, Grimsby and Goole in pro-
test at receiving lower wages from the pri-
vate sub-contractors (Carillion) than those
directly employed by the NHS. These de-
liberate attempts at dividing workers and
also increasing profits are increasingly
common tactics by the NHS Trusts.
There's serious trouble brewing for
bosses in the state sector with teachers
on the verge of their first national strike
since 1994 if any jobs are lost because of
the present funding crisis ­ caused by
"Ministers making fundamental miscalcu-
lations to the education budget" with half
a billion pounds gone "missing".
The prospect of a council workers
strike is also looking likely if the govern-
ment presses ahead with plans to end
national pay bargaining.

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