|YFFJ protest against tax doging Top Shop's use of Workfare today|
Teachers will have been amongst the many angry at the blatant use of Workfare by big business to force our school leavers into unpaid labour instead of properly paid work and genuine training. Yet the protests over the last few weeks have forced company after company to withdraw, leaving the Government scheme in tatters.
For more information, look at the Youth Fight for Jobs website (link on left of blog or http://www.youthfightforjobs.com/). They are one of the campaign groups that have helped publicise the issue - successfully answering a Tory MP on BBC Newsnight last night. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01ckx2z/Newsnight_24_02_2012/)
There has also been a significant trade union victory scored by construction workers who, after six months of protests, unofficial walkouts and now a threatened strike, have defeated the attempts by the 'Dirty 7' electrical contractors to impose the BESNA contract which would have cut electricians' and other skilled construction workers’ wages by up to 35%. For more information, see the National Shop Stewards Network website (link on left of blog or http://www.shopstewards.net/news.253.htm).
Just think what we can do with a strike on March 28 of members of NUT,UCU, PCS, EIS, SSTA, NIPSA - and more. Even the BMA are threatening action now!
So let's look out for those pensions surveys and give a loud and confident YES to continuing the campaign and YES to further strike action on March 28 and beyond!