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Establishing factory sales of the Socialist in Leicester

Picket line outside SPS Technologies, photo Leicester SP

Picket line outside SPS Technologies, photo Leicester SP   (Click to enlarge)

Leicester Socialist Party members have consistently given their support to the picket lines at SPS Technologies in Leicester, and the Socialist had regular reports on their successful strike against 'fire and rehire'. That solidarity was returned by their Unite branch sending May Day greetings to the paper (see issue 1131).

Since the strike ended we have regularly sold the Socialist at the factory gates: 15 copies have been bought over those three weeks. Some of the workers have the money ready to buy the paper when they drive in or out of the factory at shift changeover times.

We hope to continue the links with them by organising a local group of the National Shop Stewards Network, initially linking workers who have been in, or are going into, dispute locally. That could include the GMB British Gas engineers, who we also built links with through their strike action, and the UCU members at Leicester University. There are others potentially going into action soon, including Unite members at First Bus who also face fire and rehire.

Steve Score and Heather Rawling

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In The Socialist 5 May 2021:


What we think

Capitalist sleaze and cronyism


Union elections

Unite general secretary election nomination stage

Unison: We need a fighting, democratic, member-led union to stop the austerity attacks

Four Socialist Party members elected to NEU executive - a thirst for action and a fighting leadership


International news

Biden's policies will not solve underlying US crisis

Colombia: Mass trade union-led protests force tax retreat


Mental health

Covid, capitalism and mental health


News

Fight the rotten establishment

Hands off our NHS

New law ignores economic barriers to escaping domestic abuse

Cladding: Tories refuse to protect leaseholders again


Workplace news

St Mungo's strikers fight on

Goodlord strike forces talks - solidarity needed

Sparks block Cardiff building site against deskilling

Vote 'yes' in the PCS DWP ballot

Beal High School strike against sick policy resumes

Go Ahead offers deal to Manchester bus drivers

Metroline buses to face summer of strikes unless it drops 'remote sign-on'


Local government

Can the 'Preston model' beat the cuts?


Campaigns news

Bellway must pay! Make our homes safe!

Police attempt to intimidate Newcastle protesters

Nottingham NHS pay protest

Establishing factory sales of the Socialist in Leicester

Plaque dedicated to Tony Mulhearn

Why you should join the Socialist Party

Defend the right to protest - to resist bosses' attacks


Readers' opinion

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