Class War With Your Rations Sir?

Eleven workers taking part in a sit-in protest over job cuts at a wind turbine blade factory on the Isle of Wight have been dismissed. Vestas Windsystems said it had sacked 11 employees who it had identified as being inside the office.

Mike, one of the workers, told the BBC that dismissal letters – telling them they had lost their jobs and their redundancy packages – were delivered with their evening meal, a slice of pizza.


Obviously blogs lend themselves to endless pointless words….which might be why some still engage in debate even when events like this prove the words of the three main political parties are utterly worthless. Wank off on Red Toryism or Purnell’s new gig all you like, it’s all bullshit for people with comfortable incomes and lives, policy wonks and careerists, problem is you can only buy yourself out of a degraded environment for so long. Judge by actions, New Labour betrays workers in green jobs -period- Cruddas can talk he likes, but check his voting record. Fuck words, we need actions.

7 Responses to “Class War With Your Rations Sir?”

  1. jim Says:

    Besides the green betrayal these dismissals are just another example of the lack of employment rights of workers. Once Thatcher had destroyed the steel workers and miners and changed the law so that we all had to `stand on our own feet`, whether we could or not, the capitalists were given a green light to treat workers how they liked. New labour has done nothing to reverse this situation whilst claiming to be the natural party of the working class. Tax credits are simply a method of giving into big business and poor pay just about staving off public disorder. Trade union leaders have also capitulated being, in my view, more interested in their huge salaries and pensions than the employment rights of their members. For me Scargill has to take some of the blame for the failure of trade unionism in that he should have realised that once the miners were beaten the whole pack of cards would collapse. I don’t think he looked at the bigger picture for all workers.

    • harpymarx Says:

      Jim, I really have to take issue with your comment about Arthur Scargill.
      Scargill wasn’t/isn’t the problem, the betrayals came from the TU bureaucracy along with the failures and the sell-outs. Where was the Labour leadership support re Miners’…where was Kinnock/Hattersley…? Too busy witch hunting the Labour left, and concocting New Realism (not ‘real’ nor ‘realistic’ but led to the project known as ‘New Labour’….). Same goes with the TUC, the bureaucracy sold out the Miners’, not Scargill.

      If the TUC had really organised, flexed its muscle and clout and done what a blinking TUC should do then that woulda put the Tories under enormous pressure. The Miners’ coulda won but the Labour party leadership and TU bureaucracy scuppered it!

      Btw: Read Seumas Milne’s excellent ‘The Enemy Within’ for a great analysis of the Miners’ Strike.

      • jim Says:

        Regards Happymarx, I accept your comments about the betrayal of the TUC and the Labour party regards the strike. But a charge I believe can be levelled at Scargill is that of naivety in the extreme. Without the backing of the tuc and a one out-all out approach the miners could never have won the strike. And the belief that the trade union movement would come out and make Thatcher bow down I just find incredulous. The failure of organised labour to unite was highlighted in the steel strike of a few years earlier. Scargill knew that the miners would have to fight alone but still went ahead. Ok, one way or another the miners would have lost jobs and communities. So they fought for it. Scargill was set up like a kipper by Thatcher and fell for it hook, line and sinker.

        • RickB Says:

          Jim, I wonder also- while Thatch was grammar school the elite is public school and they all learn strategy/’suppressing the natives’ etc. That they fought as well as the miners did is remarkable, but the establishment treated it like any other insurgency of the old empire but in the service of new neoliberal dogma.

        • harpymarx Says:

          So Jim, what choice did Scargill have? Capitulate or fight? Once you capitulate you are screwed. At least fight that battle and that’s what Scargill and miners did. Thatcher woulda have been pleased as punch if the miners’ capitulated. And frankly, you can’t generalise the two strikes.
          And if you read Milne’s bk, the miners did come close to winning and if there had been a massive drive from the TUC and Labour leadership to support the miners then who knows.
          “Scargill was set up like a kipper by Thatcher and fell for it hook, line and sinker.”

          So Jim, your logic really is that Scargill shoulda done, erm…. nothing. Well, he didn’t he fought it and a bloody brave fight he did. And frankly, that strike politicised me and many others at that political point. And unlike some of the union bureaucracy he did not sell out the workers’…

          Here’s a slogan, ‘Workers’ united, shall never be defeated”!

  2. RickB Says:

    I wouldn’t be too hard on him, the plan to break organised labour was essential to the neoliberal project, the forces ranged against all TU’s were huge, the US was involved too. But yes I think leadership was lacking overall. And then NL comes along and delivers the coup de grace, I agree tax credits etc are really just giving in to capital, making the slightly better off subsidise the worse off so the rich can get even richer. That there is argument over a living wage is surreal, what exactly is someone meant to do below a living wage? a zombie workforce?

  3. jim Says:

    Hello happymarx, thanks for your comments. Yes, you can connect the strikes with one persons name, Mcgregor. You do not put on a condom unless you want to f**k. I will read the book suggested and thank you for recommending it and maybe continue our conversation after my perusal of it. Regards Jim

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