Last week, Socialist Party member and trade union convenor Rob Williams was sacked by Linamar in Swansea, after what the company described as an “irretrievable breakdown of trust”. Linamar is strongly linked to Ford, and indeed the Swansea plant used to be owned by Visteon, which of course used to be part of Ford, so this is very much connected to the occupation/pickets. Williams was temporarily reinstated after mass opposition from workers, but he had his sacking confirmed on Wednesday. The Socialist Party report that:
“Massive intimidation of the workforce took place - including foremen going around the shop floor threatening workers with the sack if they dared walk out in support of Rob. The bosses even went to the ludicrous lengths of removing the door from Rob’s trade union office.”
Messages of protest can be sent to email@example.com, while Rob would surely be glad to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org. And the group is http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=77301249638
The car industry is definitely where it’s at currently, with the ‘Big Three’ bargaining with Obama and the United Auto Workers union. Obama is trying to force through massive cuts to jobs, pay and conditions, and he’s getting the support of UAW tops, because they stand to directly profit from the increased rates of exploitation. A rank-and-file movement is clearly needed, and http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/group.php?gid=54416746848&ref=mf could be part of it.
Merseyside people might be interested in attending a student and tutor demo against proposed Liverpool university cuts this Saturday. Please go to http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/event.php?eid=62549456601&ref=share and RSVP.
Thanks for taking the time to sign up for the group and taking the time to read this message, I hope to be back with an update next week.
New school occupation in Greenwich, London: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=139109980528