Thursday, 9 July 2009

NO TO CASUAL LABOUR.











I spent the afternoon supporting our fellow dock workers in Great Yarmouth along with over 100 other people from our industry. Dockers travelled from Goole, Hull, Thamesport, Southampton, Tilbury, Immingham,Grimsby, Ipswich and Felixstowe( I hope I haven't missed any ports out.)
We heard a very passionate speech from Steve one of the workers loosing his job.
After the protest I had chance to have a look at a copy of the new contract that the workers were offered. No wonder they ripped it up.The working day can start anytime within a 24 hours period anytime within 7 days. Job descriptions that are so ambiguous that they weren't worth putting on paper. I know where I'm better off and I won't be applying for a job at Great Yarmouth docks.
We need to stand together and not let things like this happen.

1 comment:

Basin Digger said...

When Liverpool Dockers refused to cross a picket line on 29 September 1995 and were immediately dismissed by Mersey Docks and Harbour Company, no-one could imagine the full consequences. Port after port joined the fight against casual labour and deregulation as dockworkers around the world recognised that they confront the same issues in a global industry.

This website traces the Liverpool dispute and the growth of an international dockers movement, as they unfold. You can begin anywhere.

The LabourNet home page carries the latest news from dockers and other workers worldwide.
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The Docks Update has recent coverage, so those familiar with the background can catch up on the current situation.
Top of the Docks presents the highlights since November 1995, when LabourNet began to report the docks dispute.
The Dockers Archive compiles all LabourNet docks articles in historical order.
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