Guardian page 8 27/11/95 : WILDCATS RETURN IN NEW MOOD OF MILITANCY

Adam Rose adam at pmel.com
Tue Nov 28 07:57:54 MST 1995


Does anyone know how to get an electronic version of the Guardian ?
( a national UK newspaper - sort of liberally left politics ).

Page 8 on Monday had a whole page entitled :

As a rash of disputes hits Britain there are signs that workers 
are moving ahead of unions -
"WILDCATS RETURN IN NEW MOOD OF MILITANCY".
( Seumas Milne of rising striking spirit ).

It talks about the unnofficial walkout at Fords, 
the unilateral declaration by the unions of a 37 hr week at Vauxhall,
the post office strike ( which gets a whole article to itself )
the Liverpool docks, Hillingdon Health workers.
( They missed the all out strike by FE lecturers in Bolton ).

To quote : "Perhaps the most alarming development from the employers
point of view is the revival of unofficial action and an emerging
tendency among some workers to reject the union leaders 
recommendations" . !! .

Later on :
"Speaking from Ford's worldwide HQ at Dearborn Michigan, its
Chairman + CEO, Alex Trotman, warned against any return to 
the "behaviour of the 1970's".

Ken Cameroon, the leader of the Fire Brigades Union :
"There's no doubt people are saying enough is enough, and
the membership is moving ahead of the trade union leadership" ( ! ).


Hmm, must be true if even the Guardian's noticed.

Funny, I thought the Guardian was saying the working class was dead
not so long ago.

Adam.



Adam Rose
SWP
Manchester
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