Wide screen devices may view this page better by clicking here

2 June 2021

Facebook   Twitter

Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Save jobs, save livelihoods, save GKN Automotive - nationalise the plant!

  (Click to enlarge)

Birmingham Socialist Party members

On 28 January, not even a full month into 2021, over 500 GKN Automotive key workers based at the company's Erdington plant received the devastating news that their jobs and livelihoods are to be axed. The redundancy number could be doubled or tripled, with a devastating knock-on effect to others in the associated supply chain.

This is even more horrendous when put in the context of how these 500-plus skilled jobs will be gutted from the working-class community of Erdington, a constituency that has twice the national average of unemployment. And once these jobs are gone, they are gone! Workers will struggle to find new employment with similar wages, forcing workers to struggle to support themselves and their families.

Fast forward to the 19 May, and management turned down the rescue plan put forward by Unite the Union, with convenor Frank Duffy saying: "I'm extremely disappointed in the company's response to our counter-proposal which showed we were a viable and profitable site. We don't accept the company's position and the fight to reverse the company's decision will continue."

It is clear that whatever practical plans and viable alternatives were proposed, the notorious asset strippers Melrose was always planning from day one, back in 2018, to sell off and profit from the closure of the plant.

The Socialist Party extends its solidarity to the GKN workers and encourages Unite the Union to take inspiration from its section in Ireland. There, rank-and-file members took industrial action and occupied the Harland and Wolff dockyard. This swung the position of power over to the workers in the negotiations, not the bosses, making clear the need for government intervention to nationalise the plant to save jobs and livelihoods!

There needs to be the building of dispute committees, community support groups, cross-union solidarity campaigns and protests, both on and offsite, inviting all to attend to build up sustained pressure.

Donate to the Socialist Party

Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our Fighting Fund.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation


Your message: 


In The Socialist 2 June 2021:


3 July day of protest - save our NHS from the Tories


Capitalism's Covid failings

Unite election

Unite general secretary campaign: Statement from Sharon Graham

Unite general secretary campaign: Statement from Howard Beckett


Boycotts - what role can these play in the struggle for a Palestinian state?

Stop Israeli state terror: solidarity protests continue

US politics

Will Biden's 'green' agenda avert an impending climate change catastrophe?

Workplace news

Sparks force bosses to talk after blockading AWE

Save jobs, save livelihoods, save GKN Automotive - nationalise the plant!

Workplace round-up

International news

Belarus: Lukashenko's desperate attempt to silence opposition

Colombia: General strikes continue

Campaigns news

Cladding danger: Protest 5 June!

Pimlico Academy protest demands elected governors

York students demand democratic control of schools

Protests against anti-protest bill

Waltham Forest byelections: Council homes not unaffordable flats

Raising Fighting Fund in Southern region

Hillsborough crimes go unpunished


University funding reform: Fight for free, fully funded education for all


Home   |   The Socialist 2 June 2021   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook

Related links:


triangleRMT strikes against abolition of night tube train operators

triangleKickstart scheme 'insufficient and flawed'

triangleYouth fight for well-paid green jobs and socialist change

triangleRMT AGM: Delegates focus on the looming battles

triangleTV review Maid


triangleBulb bailed out, nationalise energy to solve price crisis

triangleCaerphilly and RCT Socialist Party: Nationalise gas and energy

triangleSave jobs and services - nationalise rail

triangleMake vaccine technology public, nationalise big-pharma


triangleNHS workers - vote yes for action to win a decent pay rise

triangleNHS Critical

triangleHousing campaigners protest CEO champagners


triangleOaks Park school strike ends following forced concessions

triangleNottingham and Mansfield trade unions rally against cuts and for better pay

Article dated 2 June 2021

Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party


Pay in Fighting Fund

Pay in paper and book sales


Bulk book orders

New member submission


triangle1 Dec Hackney & Islington Socialist Party: China - 1928 to the 1949 revolution

triangle2 Dec Cardiff East Socialist Party: The Russian Revolution 1917 - what happened?

triangle2 Dec Southampton Socialist Party: A report from the Socialism 2021 event


The Socialist, weekly newspaper of the Socialist Party

Subscribespacer|spacerebook / Kindlespacer|spacerPDF versionspacer|spacerText / Printspacer|spacer1158 onlinespacer|spacerBack issuesspacer|spacer Audio files

Socialism 2021 rally, Saturday 20th November 2021: Our future at stake - What now for the struggle for socialism?

More videos ...

What We Stand For
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Platform setting: =

Desktop version