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