I am totally puzzled how the CWU expect to win their fight with the current strategy. Basically it boils down to two days on strike then they take a break until the next two days comes around.
In my experience when taking industrial action, you need to win as quickly as possible for obvious reasons. You need to keep the pressure on management daily because they will plot and scheme to break the strike and by giving them a pause it allows them to do this more easily. As importantly in the current situation it allows management time to lobby the government to bring in even more draconian anti-trade union legislation.
If you look at the strikes which have been successful recently, the Unite Union’s strategy in the Bin men/women's strike in Thurrock were spot on. The Union’s head office built up a war chest to provide a hardship fund to see the workers through the dog days when some will inevitably be considering going back to work, thus the strike was solid. Stop start is not the way you win strikes you need to be out of the gate. But then again perhaps I’m old fashioned a dinosaur of an earlier age.
We shall see.
Talk radio and the mainstream media continue to churn out propaganda daily about the situation in the Ukraine. Yet I cannot remember a single day when the likes of James O’Brien and others have said, hang on a minute where is this leading to? They seem to have forgotten the first casualty of war is the truth, or more likely they’re doing their masters bidding!
The whole point of government should be to keep the people they govern out of harm's way. Instead sanctions on Russia have back-fired with disastrous consequences and NATO have been pouring petroleum onto the flames of war. Approximately 4 years ago, the Ukraine was regarded as a failed state run by corrupt politicians and oligarchs, the only time I can remember it being mentioned In the MSM back then was when Joe Biden’s son had been doing dirty deals there, and when there was yet another political coup.
So what changed? The US, political, military and industrial complex saw an opportunity to take down Putin’s Russia and anointed the Ukrainian government as its proxy. No more talk of the Ukraine being the second most corrupt country in Europe. Not a mention of oligarchs, and fascists in its military as the money and armaments flooded in.
Almost overnight it became plucky little Ukraine and we are where we are on a cusp of a world war.
Next stop China?
⏩ Mick Hall is a veteran Left Wing activist and trade unionist.