|“They are killing us!” Workplace Action Now to Stop the Slaughter
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Healthworkers coming from UK, and USA (who have fought for, and won, PPE) Spain (who have called an International Day of Action on April 28, Workers Memorial Day) and Pakistan (one of the doctors arrested for demonstrating for PPE, and one of the doctors who have been on hungerstrike); A steward from GE in USA where they’ve been holding protests to make ventilators instead of jet engines; activists from Italy and Switzerland; construction workers from new UK rank and file movement Shut the Sites; RMT shop steward for engineering who have won all their demands for safe working as key workers; and more
The conversation in Britain over the last couple of days has seen the leadership of the Labour party demanding to know the Government’s exit plan from a lockdown.
There is no lockdown when most of industry is still operating, and construction in particular, which is still largely running as normal with sites acting as incubation centres for COVID-19. There is no lockdown when 30 TfL employees are already dead in London because the tubes, and particularly the buses, still have too many people on them going to work. There is no lockdown when warehouses like Amazon, Boohoo etc are still open servicing a dramatic rise in the sale of stuff, again putting their employees in huge danger. These are just three horrific examples amongst many.
So at a time when so many of us are fighting to get a proper lockdown and support huge sections of the working class who are fearing for their lives through being forced to work, or fearing for their lives through not having proper PPE and safeguarding practises, Starmer is arguing about how to exit from completely inadequate measures and get the economy going again. And most union leaderships are complicit in that too – and complicit in thousands of people dying unnecessarily.
We can’t rely on any of these institutions. The only people we can rely on are ourselves. So if you are concerned about being forced to work in dangerous conditions when your work is non-essential, or not having the proper PPE to work safely as a key worker, come and join us for a meeting to come up with a plan of action now – and stop this slaughter.
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