photo

20/04/2014 - London Underground workers to strike

photo

20/04/2014 - Wages and Prices - Lies, damn lies and statistics

If you believe the media the recession is over and we are now in an economic recovery! They say that average pay rises have finally overtaken the



Read more
photo

17/04/2014 - Bedroom tax evictions "politically unviable"

Even Tory local authorities don't seem keen on kicking people out of their homes because of arrears caused by the tax. Basildon c



Read more
photo

16/04/2014 - Our NHS is not safe in ConDem hands

A new survey of almost 3,000 nurses from across the UK reveals a health service under severe strain, with 65% of staff saying that they did not h



Read more
photo

16/04/2014 - Alex Salmond dodges questions from Trade Unionists

Alex Salmond is a good speaker but not so deft at answering questions. Yesterday he was in Dundee at a meeting of the Scottish Trades Union. He got a mixed response. Some of what he said was welcomed. When asked whether his government would



Read more
PREVIOUS 1 2 3 4 5 NEXT
Print

19/08/2012 - Propaganda attack from Tories

The ConDem Coalition have steadily eroded the hard earned rights of British workers. They have made it easier for employers to dismiss their workforce. They also intend to make it harder for them to seek justice when this is unfair.

To add insult to injury Tory MPs (part of the Free Enterprise Group) are about to publish attacks on British workers in a book titled  'Britannia Unchained'.  Five members of Parliament (Kwasi Kwarteng, Priti Patel, Dominic Raab, Chris Skidmore and Elizabeth Truss) promote the theme that British people are too lazy compared to workers in third world countries.

 

These apologists for globalisation say that we should be emulating workers in Asia! This is a British workforce that has one of lowest number of public holidays in Europe (8), opted out of the EU Working Time Directive that restricted weekly hours to 48, and  has a pensionable age set to rise. It is interesting that these MPs compare the British worker to Asia rather than our European neighbours. Do they really expect a developed and educated population to turn the clock back and go backwards to an age of long hours and low pay?

Workers in the UK were told many years ago that we had to sacrifice our manufacturing industry (and many jobs with it) because technology could do it better. Ultimately it would improve our quality of life and we could have greater leisure time, or so we were told. Where are these benefits?

To use the excuse that our workers are lazy (when compared to much of Europe we are the opposite) in order to pave the way for more attacks on our is despicable. The establishment are also using the recession (created by the banks) as a cover to introduce anti-employee rights measures.

Solidarity Executive member David Kerr said: “Propaganda like ‘Britannia Unchained’ is an attempt to prepare public consciousness to accept the loss of hard won rights. We must expose their lies and fight for our rights.”