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Charity workers' strike

Addaction charity workers' strike, photo Unison NW

Addaction charity workers' strike, photo Unison NW   (Click to enlarge)

As Addaction charity workers in Wigan resumed strike action on 27 February, they expressed their anger that this national charity had spent 140,000 on a relaunch, ironically renaming the organisation "We Are With You" - presumably in an attempt to distance the organisation from the strike! This sum is more than enough to settle the dispute over broken promises and to pay staff, who work with people with drug and alcohol addiction problems, at NHS rates.

Under current Tory anti-union legislation the workers had to be reballoted by their trade union Unison, and despite the length of the dispute to date, they returned a Yes vote by over 96%!

Roger Bannister, North West Socialist Party

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In The Socialist 4 March 2020:


Coronavirus

Covid-19: A socialist response to the Coronavirus crisis


International Women's Day 2020

International Women's Day: Fighting sexism and austerity

A legacy of women workers and the class struggle


Workplace news

Uni strikers determined to defeat the bosses

Defend the right to strike! Southampton solidarity meeting

Strike wave around London - this is why we need socialists in city hall

West London parking workers' strike

Charity workers' strike

Electricians pay victory

Anti-academy strikes kick off in Redbridge


Campaigns

Royal Glam A&E: Victory is within our grasp

What will we do if they cut Camden nurseries?

Labour councils miss opportunity to stop Tory cuts

30,000 strike for the climate in Bristol

Why I joined the Socialist Party: I resent the 1% and the system that allows them to exist

Secret cuts meeting couldn't prevent protests in Newham


Socialist Party Congress

Socialist Party Congress 2020: A world in turmoil and weak British capitalism faces working-class anger


International news

India: Bloody pogrom fuelled by Modi's sectarianism


Readers' opinion

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Workers:

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Union:

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NHS:

trianglePay NHS staff 15%

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