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Dear friends As I have previously announced, we are now “freezing” the blog.  We are also making archives of the blog available for free download in various formats (see below). 

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by Mr. Allen for the Saker blog Over the last few years, we hear leaders from both Russia and China pronouncing that they have formed a relationship where there are

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offsite link News Round-Up Wed Mar 29, 2023 00:44 | Will Jones
A summary of the most interesting stories in the past 24 hours that challenge the prevailing orthodoxy about the virus and the vaccines, the ?climate emergency? and the supposed moral defects of Western civilisation.
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offsite link Nick Dixon and Toby Young Talk About the Attack on Kellie-Jay Keen by Trans Rights Activists, the BB... Tue Mar 28, 2023 23:19 | Will Jones
In the latest Weekly Sceptic podcast the talking points are the attack on Kellie-Jay Keen by trans rights activists, the BBC's perverse insistence on calling a rapist "her" and the brutal cancellation of Alfie Brown.
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offsite link Britain?s Backlash Against LTNs: Fed-Up Residents Torch Road Blocks Hours After They Were Installed Tue Mar 28, 2023 18:00 | Will Jones
Residents fed up with low traffic neighbourhoods have launched an extraordinary rebellion against the controversial schemes ? by setting them alight and taking on the green zealots who police them.
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offsite link The Great Food Reset Has Begun Tue Mar 28, 2023 16:10 | Will Jones
The victory of the Farmer-Citizen Movement in recent Dutch elections is part of a pushback against a 'Great Food Reset' that aims to replace small farmers with 'sustainable' multinational giants, says Thomas Fazi.
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offsite link In Defence of Andrew Bridgen?s Speech to Parliament on the Risks vs Benefits of Covid Vaccination Tue Mar 28, 2023 12:36 | Norman Fenton, Clare Craig, Martin Neil, Jonathan Engler and Mr Law
Andrew Bridgen MP recently made an important speech to Parliament on the risks vs benefits of Covid vaccination that was attacked on the BBC. The attacks, however, were misplaced, say Prof Norman Fenton and colleagues.
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TEEU - Striking back against wage cuts

category national | worker & community struggles and protests | press release author Wednesday July 08, 2009 09:52author by National Sec. - Workers Solidarity Report this post to the editors

The Workers Solidarity Movement is calling on our fellow workers to support the national TEEU strike. This is an important battle for all of us, the first big blow against the employers’ wage-cutting agenda.

The strike is about an overdue 11% pay rise. The 10,500 TEEU members employed by electrical contractors at about 240 sites and factories have not been paid their agreed increases for more than three years. And now their employers want a 10% wage cut as well.

High-profile jobs on strike include the new terminal at Dublin airport, the new stadium at Lansdowne Road and Mercke Sharp and Dohme in Carlow and Clonmel. Pickets have been placed all over the country, from the ESB station at Moneypoint to the Corrib gas pipeline, which saw a fantastic 250-strong picket on day one.

TEEU Regional Secretary Pat Guilfoyle’s report from Cork is an indication that other workers understand that this is a battle for all of us: “on most sites where we mounted pickets members of other unions refused to pass them and in some cases, such as the two ESB facilities in Aghada, the Whitegate refinery and the Eli Lilly plant, workers employed directly in the main plants joined the picket line to show their support”.

Two of the biggest unions in the country, SIPTU and Unite, have asked their own members to back the strike.

Meanwhile the courts showed their usual ‘impartiality’ when Guinness got a court order forcing striking workers away from the St James’s Gate brewery in Dublin.

In a statement Guinness’s parent company Diageo said: “Both brewing and production at St James’s Gate brewery have been immediately and severely affected since the industrial action began. Diageo Ireland had no option but to apply to the High Court for an interim injunction against the TEEU and its members to cease picketing St James’s Gate brewery.”

Picketing workers must stay away from the Dublin plant for the next two days, when a court hearing will decide if the injunction is continued. The courts seem to be saying that you have a right to strike and picket, but if your picket is going to be effective they’ll make it unlawful!

The stakes are high and the employers are prepared to fight hard. They know that a victory by the TEEU will give many other workers the confidence to stand up and strike back against the employers’ offensive. And that’s just one very good reason to support the strikers.


author by kevin - swppublication date Wed Jul 08, 2009 13:35author email info at swp dot ieauthor address PO Box 1648, Dublin 8author phone 086-3074060Report this post to the editors

This is a very important strike. If the employers beat the workers this will destroy industry conditions and pay and ill be a green light to employers around the country to make workers pay for the recession.

But if the workers prevail this will be a beacon for all workers, including those in less well organised industries and employments that fighting trade unionism can defend their pay and conditions.

At we have daily reports and audio from the picket line.

Victory to the Electricians!

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