Friday, December 08, 2006

The Union Makes Us Strong

I have tried to draw attention in earlier blogs to the the insidious rise of xenophobia against migrant workers . So i was pleased to see across on the Socialist Courier blog the mention of a promising development , which is the unionisation of this so-far mostly unorganised work-force .
The Guardian article explains why the Eastern European and other workers must come together .

" Once the exhilaration of earning five times the average wage in Poland has abated, many of them realise that the cost of living here eats up most of their pay packet and the agencies that have found them work take their own handsome slices...Trade unions were formed because employers were otherwise able to threaten individual workers with the sack if they complained, to divide and rule and to exploit the weakest parts of a workforce..."


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