Charity workers' strike
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:
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
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
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
India: Bloody pogrom fuelled by Modi's sectarianism
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