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The Socialist 3 March 2021

Not a budget for the working class!

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Tech workers walk out against 'fire and rehire'

IT workers on strike at Goodlord. Photo: London SP

IT workers on strike at Goodlord. Photo: London SP   (Click to enlarge)

Ferdy Lyons, East London Socialist Party

Tenant-referencing workers at the tech company Goodlord in east London were out on strike on 1 March against the company's fire-and-rehire scheme.

The strikers, members of Unite, are employed on rolling fixed-term contracts. When Goodlord, nicknamed 'badlord', offered them their new contracts, a 20% pay cut had been applied. The workers are calling for the restoration of their previous terms and conditions of the London Living Wage.

There was a great mood on the picket line. One striker, Scott, said: "We know it's having an effect on their business... we're going to stay out until management come to the table". Others discussed the next steps with great optimism.

The CEO of the company came through the picket and seemed clearly rattled. Under the shadow of the pandemic, employers have been undertaking fire-and-rehire schemes at an alarming rate, and the bosses think they can get away with it. But this strike has shown that workers are ready to fight against these exploitative practices.

We can't rely on the bosses to self-regulate fair pay, we need a 15 minimum wage now and we need an end to fire and rehire. The workers are out on indefinite strike.


In this issue


Budget

Not a budget for the working class!

Public sector workers respond to the budget


News

President of 'big four' Labour-affiliated trade union joins TUSC committee

Women's health matters


International Women's Day

A fighting programme for women's rights and socialism

A history of International Women's Day


What we think

Liverpool Labour meltdown - Fight for socialist policies


School safety

Schools' safety - teachers demand fighting union strategy


Features

'Casino capitalism' - driving another potential financial Armageddon

1981: New Cross Massacre


Workplace

Bus workers under attack and fighting back

Manchester indefinite bus strike against 'fire and rehire'

HMRC: Pay deal agreed but at what cost?

British Gas strike

Sparks force bosses back but fight continues to stamp out deskilling

Reinstate victimised bus driver Declan Clune

RAF Leeming strike escalates

Tech workers walk out against 'fire and rehire'

Victory for Judith, defend Moe


Campaigns

Why we need socialists in London city hall

Socialist Students conference

Swansea BLM protest against racist police brutality

Union fight to save musicians' livelihoods

Labour surrenders to Tories in Devon

Determined to smash the fighting fund target to fuel election challenge in May


 

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3 March 2021