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NHS: Mass fightback is needed

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Sunderland: Resolute Liebherr workers in pay strike

Liebherr picket line in Sunderland 24 August 2018, photo Elaine Brunskill

Liebherr picket line in Sunderland 24 August 2018, photo Elaine Brunskill   (Click to enlarge)

Elaine Brunskill, Northern Socialist Party regional secretary

Liebherr strikers on their Sunderland picket line on 24 August were resolute. Talking about the importance of their picket line - which is highly successful in turning away deliveries to the company - one of the strikers commented: "Even if it's thunder and lightning, we'll be standing here." Their placards state: "Liebherr - no cranes today".

Both Unite the Union and GMB members are out on strike to improve their pay. Workers at Liebherr produce high-quality marine cranes.

The company is global, and their Sunderland plant is profitable. Internationally, the company boasted of almost 10 billion turnover last year.

One of the strikers pointed out that, according to Liebherr's company accounts, one of the directors at the Sunderland site received an annual salary of 151,000 - that's around 3,000 a week!

Over the coming weeks Liebherr workers are intensifying their strike action. There is also an overtime ban in place. There is clearly a mood to further escalate the action if management fail to improve their offer.

  • Send messages of support to Unite the Union regional officer Mark Sanderson [email protected] and donations to Unite the Union, John Dobson Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8TW.

In this issue


What we think

Capitalism is a chaotic, irrational system - we need socialist change


International socialist news and analysis

Trump ally prosecutions

Venezuela: How can reaction and imperialism be defeated?

China: Solidarity with Jasic Technology workers


News

Working families 50 a week short of paying for kids

Nationalise the energy giants to combat global warming

Them & us


Workplace

Restaurant tips walkout: "Hold the burgers, hold the fries, TGI are telling lies"

Sunderland: Resolute Liebherr workers in pay strike

Merseyside fire authority forced to postpone night closures

Northern Rail guards continue fight against driver-only operation

East Dunbartonshire council workers back further strikes


Youth and students

Exam factories, cuts and violence - Fight for our future!


CWI School 2018

The ongoing capitalist crisis and the struggle for a socialist world


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

NHS: Mass fightback is needed

Battle growing against Loch Lomond area big business sell-off

Leicester lobby calls for consultation on NHS closure plans

Socialist sales success in Cardiff

EDL sent packing in Worcester

Huddersfield Socialist Party organise counter-protest against EDL

Fracking companies backed by government and courts

Leeds protest against NHS treatment cuts


1918 police strikes

100 years since police went on strike: "never nearer to Bolshevism"


Opinion

The Socialist Inbox


 

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