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Hands Off Cuba! Lift the US Blockade!
Full Support for Revolutionary Cuba against US Counter-revolutionary Incitement!

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Hands Off Cuba! Lift the US Blockade! Full Support for Revolutionary Cuba against US Counter-revolutionary Incitement!

Hands Off Cuba! Lift the US Blockade!:
President Calls for Peace and Announces New Measures to Help Ease Situation
Cuba Solidarity Campaign Statement on the current situation in Cuba
Sinn Féin Reaffirms Solidarity with Cuba

NATO Operation Sea Breeze 21 in the Black Sea:
US, Britain, NATO - Get Out of the Black Sea!

Significant Clash at Amazon:
Electricians in Forefront of Class Action

Global Monopoly Serco:
Waste Collectors Fight for their Rights during Pandemic

Workers' Movement:
Support Striking DVLA Workers

Herd Immunity by Mass Infection:
Government's Plan is Unscientific and Unethical


Hands Off Cuba! Lift the US Blockade!
Full Support for Revolutionary Cuba against US Counter-revolutionary Incitement!

Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist)


July 17, 2021, people turn out on mass for the Rally for Revolution, Havanna, Cuba.

RCPB(ML) denounces the hostile actions incited by the US against Cuba. We salute the courageous people of revolutionary Cuba and their President and leadership for giving the mercenaries and counter-revolutionaries who have instigated these anti-Cuban incidents a fitting reply.

Our Party denounces the US economic war and campaign of subversion against Cuba which it is waging unceasingly. Washington's hand in orchestrating the protests is becoming more and more clear. It is unconscionable that in the face of democratic opinion and global norms that the hostile US interference and blockade are still ongoing.


Cuban streets belong to the revolution

The United States is depriving the Cuban people of food, medicine and electricity. It is sabotaging Cuba's efforts to fight the pandemic, as well as being able to recover from the damage from Tropical Storm Elsa. The US administration has openly funnelled millions upon millions of dollars to so-called opposition figures with the sole aim of destabilising and undermining Cuban society. Its explicit goal is to extinguish Cuba's independence and to overturn the immense social achievements of the Cuban Revolution.

The illegal US economic sanctions against Cuba are designed to strangle and starve the people of Cuba. The goal of successive US administrations has been and continues to be to provoke social unrest through generating shortages and hardship for the people, and thereby overturn Cuba's independence and socialist path. The immoral economic and subversive war against Cuba to this end has now been pursued for more than 60 years.

Despite all this, Cuba is demonstrating its deep social concern for the people's wellbeing. The Cuban people are proudly raising the banner of the revolution and socialism. They will not permit any outside force to deprive them of the control of their own affairs and to forge their own chosen path. To suggest otherwise is to promote outright confusion and disinformation.

The vain hopes of the US to intervene by opening up an alleged humanitarian corridor under the control of the US have been stymied by the militant response of the people of Cuba themselves. The Cuban people are as one with the Communist Party of Cuba and their President. They are united around the measures of the Cuban state to provide solutions to all the difficulties they face as a result of the brutal US blockade. They reject the imposition of the neo-liberal agenda which is causing such havoc internationally and subverting the right of peoples to independence and deciding their own destiny.


Revolutionary march in the Plaza Trabjadores, July 19, 2021

In this way, Cuba and its people are setting a shining example in paying attention to and providing solutions to the problems they are faced with so as to build a human-centred society. The dirty schemes of US imperialism and its cohorts must not and will not prevail. The people of Cuba have the inalienable right to determine their own future, protect their independence, and build a society where human beings are precious and preserve their dignity. Cuba, its revolution and its people deserve the full support of the British working class and people, standing shoulder to shoulder with the world's people in solidarity.

Defend Cuba's Right to Be!
End the Blockade! All-out Support for Revolutionary Cuba!

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Hands Off Cuba! Lift the US Blockade!

President Calls for Peace and Announces New Measures to Help Ease Situation

CubaDebate, July 16, 2021


The member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of Cuba and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, accused the U.S. government of being directly involved and of having serious responsibility in the incidents that occurred in our country on July 11th.

In the case of medicine shortages and the vaccination programme, Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz said that by the end of August 60 per cent of the population will be fully vaccinated. Currently 25 per cent had received at least one dose. From September those aged 3-18 would also begin to be vaccinated.

The Cuban prime minister said that of the 619 basic medicines needed in Cuba, 365 are produced by the national industry of BioCubaFarma, "which does not mean that it does not carry foreign currency because raw materials have to be imported." In addition, 254 are totally imported by the Minsap.

He said that the current supply situation, due to the shortage of foreign exchange, has caused a lack of medicines throughout the country's network, with key drugs needed to produce basic medicines unavailable.

He mentioned that the most affected products are related to antihypertensives, antibiotics, analgesics, contraceptives, vitamins and products for stomatological use, among others.

"This low availability of medicines not only has to do with the lack of financing, sometimes suppliers of many years that have not had availability of raw materials due to the growing demand in the world due to the situation of Covid-19."


President Diaz-Canal with the Cuban people

Likewise, "we have suppliers that, due to pressure and new measures from the United States government, are unable to guarantee shipments."

"The whole issue of the blockade has meant for us an increase in the costs of acquisition and supplies of between 30 and 50% of many products."

Marrero Cruz said that from this complex situation they have been able to acquire some resources to see how to increase the production of medicines.

"Today we have a significant level of raw materials available in the country and a drug production process is being developed with significant levels. Many of the medicines for more complex and critical diseases are produced in Cuba and we are already in a position to advance with raw materials".

These measures will help to minimise the impact, but we still cannot say that there will be a stability in the supply of medicines," he said.

Further discussions were had on the state of the country's power supply, issues with the delivery of oil and parts for power stations and repairs that had taken place and hoped to alleviate some of the power issues. A temporary end to all tariffs on food, hygiene and medicine imports was also announced.

Addressing the impact of the blockade on the economic situation President Diaz-Canal said "Let there be no doubt that we want a more prosperous country and that we are dissatisfied with not having achieved it. We know that if they leave us alone, if they let us act with our own strength and talent, if they do not hinder us, put obstacles, obstacles, we can achieve it. If we achieve that economic opportunity, we will be able to multiply the immense social work that the Revolution has created, which no one will be able to move."

There may be dissatisfactions, he said, but the Revolution is a work of social justice, "with that economy blocked, truncated and in which we are also not as efficient as possible, that is why we have to be constantly, in recent years, perfecting the model economic and social, introducing changes, reforms, applying experiences, trying to advance further and suffering the attacks of things that do not fit us as we want."

"Why were we forced to have five vaccine candidates? The blockade does not allow us to have the money to buy vaccines made by other countries. The blockade threatens our sovereignty."

He concluded by saying that defending the Revolution was not a call for violence. "We are going to defend the Revolution to the last consequences. We call for solidarity and not to let hatred take over the Cuban soul, which is a soul of goodness, affection and love.

"Do not allow ourselves to be disunited and fractured by those who do not want the best for our nation. Problems are solved among Cubans in the Revolution. This is how it has always been in these 60 years".

(Translated from the Spanish)

The CubaDebate article in Spanish has further details on new measures including distribution of food, salary scales, changes to the regulation of micro, small, and medium companies. [http://www.cubadebate.cu/noticias/2021/07/14/diaz-canel-y-dirigentes-del-gobierno-comparecen-en-la-mesa-redonda-video/]

The full discussion can also be watched in Spanish. [http://www.cubadebate.cu/noticias/2021/07/14/diaz-canel-y-dirigentes-del-gobierno-comparecen-en-la-mesa-redonda-video/]

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Hands Off Cuba! Lift the US Blockade!

Cuba Solidarity Campaign Statement on the current situation in Cuba

Monday, July 12, 2021

The Cuba Solidarity Campaign calls on the US government to suspend the blockade of Cuba to allow emergency medical and humanitarian aid into the country in order to ease the economic and health crisis the island is experiencing.

The current emergency is a result of the ongoing US blockade, an additional 243 sanctions imposed by the Trump administration, and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cuba has shown incredible resilience in the face of six decades of economic warfare by the US government in the form of a blockade intended to strangle the economy and create hunger and hardship in an attempt to destabilise the country.

The Cuba Solidarity Campaign opposes any calls for foreign intervention coming from those in the US who seek to exploit the current difficulties and provoke unrest. The solution to the challenges Cuba faces must be resolved by the people of Cuba and we support the efforts that the Cuban people and their government are making to fight the pandemic in the face of ongoing sanctions and provocations from the US.

On Sunday 11 July, some street protests took place against the scarcity of food, medicines and power supplies. The vast majority of these protesters have genuine concerns regarding these shortages. President Miguel Díaz-Canel travelled to San Antonio de los Baños, site of the original demonstration, and spoke to people about their grievances.

Some groups are seeking to exploit and provoke this difficult situation. They called for people to protest in other locations, resulting in protests in some towns and cities. In response, thousands of Cubans supporting the government have taken to the streets across the island in counter-demonstrations against US interference.

Now right-wing, pro-blockade, and regime-change politicians and groups in the US are also seeking to manipulate the situation. They have called for a so-called "humanitarian corridor" (a pretext for US intervention) to be set up. Anyone genuinely interested in helping the Cuban people at this time should instead be calling for the US government to ease the crippling sanctions.

The calls for US aid delivered through a US-imposed "humanitarian corridor" are disingenuous and fraudulent. These are the same people who hypocritically call for humanitarian intervention while supporting blockade policies which have caused shortages of food, fuel and medicines.

CSC condemns those in the US and internationally who are cynically using the situation to destabilise Cuba, and supports Cuba's right to self-determination.

The Cuba Solidarity Campaign appeals to the Biden administration to observe the recent United Nations General Assembly vote on 23 June 2021 which voted 184-2 for an end to the blockade of Cuba. It is immoral and dangerous to seek to exploit the current struggles of the Cuban people to serve the political objectives of a few hardliners in Miami.

Genuine efforts to support the Cuban people are welcome. Individuals and organisations can directly help by becoming members of CSC. Donations can also be made to CSC's Covid-19 Medical Appeal here:

Covid-19 Medical Appeal for Cuba [https://cuba-solidarity.org.uk/emergency-appeal-for-cuba/]

Background information

In recent days Cuba has experienced its worst increase in Covid-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, with a severe outbreak in the Matanzas which has stretched capacity in hospitals and isolation centres to the limit. Five hundred medics from other parts of the country have been deployed in the province to help. It is important to note that while the situation is severe, the numbers of cases and deaths are far below those in most other countries of the region including the United States itself which as of 10 July had a death rate of 1,870 per million compared to Cuba's 139 per million.

At the same time Cuba is in the midst of its most severe economic crisis for more thirty years. The sixty year-old US blockade was tightened by the Trump administration by imposing 243 extra sanctions - all of which remain in place. These measures had already resulted in grave food, medical and fuel shortages before the pandemic struck. In addition, increasing numbers of banks are refusing to transfer funds to Cuba for fear of US fines, and it is now almost impossible for Cubans living abroad to transfer money to family on the island. With the onset of Covid-19, Cuba has also lost vital income from international tourism, which was down 94 per cent in the first four months of 2021.

Fuel shortages are causing many power cuts, which in the height of summer mean that air conditioning and fridges don't work. There are long queues for food, medicines and basic goods. Without doubt the Cuban people are experiencing incredible hardship. People with friends or family in Cuba will have heard how difficult things are.

Last year the US blockade even prevented delivery of a consignment of Covid-19 medical aid for Cuba, including PPE, ventilators and testing equipment. Despite having two home-grown vaccines, Cuba's vaccination roll-out programme is hindered by a lack of syringes and raw materials as a direct result of the blockade. Solidarity organisations around the world have had funding sites raising money for Covid-19 medical aid closed down because of blockade measures. CSC itself receives numerous enquiries from people who can't find a way to transfer money to friends and family in Cuba. Meanwhile, the US government spends millions of dollars every year on so-called "democracy promotion" on the island, funding groups and individuals who work undercover attempting to build US-supported opposition.

If those calling for humanitarian aid to Cuba were genuine in their intentions they would start with calling for the blockade to be lifted to allow medical and other supplies to be sent to Cuba. However their true objectives are those of the blockade itself. As the infamous US State Department memorandum on the blockade of 1960 laid out:

"The only foreseeable means of alienating internal support is through disenchantment and disaffection based on economic dissatisfaction and hardship... every possible means should be undertaken promptly to weaken the economic life of Cuba... a line of action which, while as adroit and inconspicuous as possible, makes the greatest inroads in denying money and supplies to Cuba, to decrease monetary and real wages, to bring about hunger, desperation and overthrow of government."

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Hands Off Cuba! Lift the US Blockade!

Sinn Féin Reaffirms Solidarity with Cuba


Mass Rally in Havanna in Defence of the Revolution, July 17, 2021.

Sinn Féin National Chairperson Declan Kearney has reiterated solidarity with the Cuban people and continued support for the Cuban Revolution.

Declan Kearney, who is the Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for South Antrim in the north of Ireland, said on July 13:

"Since the onset of COVID-19 our global society has been faced with many challenges.

"During this dark period the Cuban people have outstretched the hand of international friendship, support and solidarity through the work of the heroic 'Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade'; and this whilst still enduring the effects of the pandemic in Cuba; as well as continued imposition of the US blockade.

"Over the past 24 hours, online videos and literature have appeared calling for governmental change in Cuba, with protesters apparently demonstrating under the slogan of 'Libertad'.

"Sinn Féin firmly believes that the liberty of the Cuban people and sustainable economic growth on the island needs to be secured by lifting the US sanctioned economic blockade of Cuba, which has repressed Cuba's economy and society for over 60 years.

"It is remarkable that despite continued use of these unjustified economic and political sanctions, the spirit of the Cuban people and the revolutionary Cuban Government remains resilient.

"President Biden's administration should politically engage with the Cuban government and follow the lead of President Obama by renormalising diplomatic and economic relations between the US and Cuba.

"The Cuban people have stood with the international community throughout our global health emergency; we should now reassert the primacy of international law and stand in solidarity with Cuba."

(Sinn Féin Newsroom)

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NATO Operation Sea Breeze 21 in the Black Sea

US, Britain, NATO - Get Out of the Black Sea!


HMS Defender entering the Black Sea

Just six days after Britain's provocative decision to send its destroyer HMS Defender into the territorial waters of Crimea, part of the Russian Federation, Britain was taking part in Operation Sea Breeze 21 in the Black Sea, which continued until July 10. "Sea Breeze" manoeuvres have taken place annually since 1997, co-hosted by the US and Ukraine. This year it is the largest ever NATO operation in the Black Sea, claiming to involve 32 countries [1], 5,000 troops, 32 ships, 40 aircraft and 18 special operations. Operation Sea Breeze 21 follows one of many previous operations in the Black Sea this year, all aimed quite openly by NATO as war manoeuvres against Russia. In March, NATO's Sea Shield-21 exercise in the Black Sea involved more than 2,400 soldiers, 18 warships and 10 planes.

What has made the Sea Breeze 21 exercise of particular note to everyone is its dangerous warmongering scale and NATO's focus, specifically identifying it as war preparations against "Russia's illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea and denounces its temporary occupation". In other words, this NATO exercise has clearly been aimed at actions focused on reversing by force of arms a decision of the people of Crimea and Sevastopol [2] to secede from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation in 2014. With these manoeuvres, the Anglo-US and NATO forces are dangerously heightening tensions and risks of war in the Black Sea and encouraging militarism in Ukraine. Reports show that Russian diplomats have continued to say that there is no need for an exercise of the scope of Sea Breeze 21, stating that any problem arising in the region could be solved by the coastal states themselves without imposing outside assistance.

At the same time, through these exercises NATO, and particularly the US and Britain, are also arming Ukraine against Russia. As one analyst [3] put it, "NATO's rearming of Ukraine under Sea Breeze 2021 guise is for future conflict in Donbass." On June 22, it was reported [4] that Britain and Ukraine had signed a deal on HMS Defender in Odessa to hand over two Royal Navy Sandown-class minehunters. As part of the agreement, eight new missile vessels will be built, with two of those constructed in Britain. Britain will also "assist in building naval bases around the Azov Sea and the Black Sea regions" with Babcock International, a British Marine, Nuclear, Land and Aviation arms manufacturer "as the prime industrial partner".

In the Ukraine, US-led imperialism backed by a "Global Britain" is confronting post-Soviet Russia. The US-led camp, as well as the old powers of Europe, are sensing that they can make gains and lay waste the whole region. Britain and its dominant arms industry are making huge gains out of the conflict regardless of the danger of catastrophic war aimed at the peoples of the region. In other words, this is the so-called US-led "rules-based international order" which the Anglo-US and NATO forces want to impose by force of arms, whilst they dismiss the claims of the people of Crimea and Sevastopol, Donbass and Ukraine for a peaceful resolution of these issues, a claim of the people which is backed by established international law following World War II.

The claims of the peoples in the whole region should be paramount. The sovereign rights of nations and peoples, irrespective of ethnic make-up, can only be resolved by the peoples themselves. The necessity is to oppose warmongering such as these war manoeuvres in areas of tension in the world and for the recognition of the rights of the people and how these can be given a meaningful guarantee under the prevailing conditions.

The working class and people here in Britain must condemn the government for their direct interference in exporting armaments and dangerous military confrontations in the Ukraine and the Black Sea. The demand of the people is that all Anglo-US and NATO armed forces of land, air and sea be withdrawn from Ukraine and the Black Sea immediately.

Britain and NATO Get Out of the Black Sea!


Notes
1. The NATO website claims that "allies and partners" will participate from: "Albania, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, France, Georgia, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Morocco, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Senegal, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States."
2. In the referendum of March 16, citizens of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and of the city of Sevastopol voted to secede from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation. The final voting figures were reported to be 96.77% in favour of joining the Russian Federation on a turnout of 83.1% of the eligible voters. Despite the media and government hysteria in Britain, Europe and North America, the 135 international observers from 23 countries reported that there was neither voting under pressure nor any violations of voting rules.
3. "NATO's rearming of Ukraine under Sea Breeze 2021 guise is for future conflict in Donbass", Paul Antonopoulos, independent geopolitical analyst
https://infobrics.org/post/33465/
4. "UK Giving Ukraine Sandown-Class Vessels in Defence Deal", June 22, 2021
https://www.forces.net/news/uk-giving-ukraine-sandown-class-vessels-defence-deal

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Significant Clash at Amazon

Electricians in Forefront of Class Action

Electricians at Amazon's new Gateshead Fulfilment Centre warehouse, due to open later this year, have won an important battle, reversing a mass sacking at the site. Relations of employment had broken down as contractors decided to confront the electricians, having attempted to deskill their role. The global monopoly Amazon has washed its hands of the dispute, claiming it is a matter for the contractors and not Amazon itself.

According to reports, SSE Enterprise Contracting had unilaterally decided to hire electricians for tasks for which they had not properly been trained, on lower rates of pay. On June 16, electricians from across the site held a picket in opposition, after which the company agreed to their demands to employ and pay the established rate for professionally trained electricians.

Just two days later, another contractor, SIS Systems, arbitrarily sacked up to 40 of its workers at the site. In an intimidating statement sent to workers by text message and email, agency Des Johnston Recruitment said on behalf of the contracting company:

"We have been informed by our client, SIS Systems, that today will be your last day on site. Please make sure you take all your tools off site at the end of your shift today as you will be removed from the Winvic scanning system at 13:15 hours. Furthermore, our client has made it clear that if there are any issues of threatening behaviour, sabotage or any trouble whatsoever then nobody will be paid by SIS for the week."

SIS gave no official reason for the sacking, though it was apparent that it was for taking part in the picket. The company had made a huge miscalculation by taking on the electricians, who united in response on the picket lines for three days from June 21 to 23. A meeting with the union Unite on Wednesday, June 23, resulted in an email from the recruitment agency retracting the sacking:

"Following meetings with our client SIS Systems Senior Management over the last few days regarding the present situation on site, we have now been notified that things have been resolved and we are in a position to offer you the opportunity to return to work with immediate effect, starting tomorrow morning if you wish to do so. As you are all aware there is only a short matter of time left on the Project and matters were taken out of my hands last Friday but your daily attendance would be much appreciated."

Despite the official silence, it is clear that the electricians were sacked for their audacity to stand up for their rights and conditions. As with the recent similar victory of electricians at the Hinkley nuclear power station construction site [1], those at the Amazon site set their full weight in motion. This significant battle is part of the general struggle to guarantee the rights of all workers and uphold the dignity of labour. The action was a step in the direction of workers exercising control over their conditions, livelihoods, and destiny.

The fight for such control is in the context of and is opposed to the general disequilibrium that exists in the social relation between worker and employer, in this case manifested in the unilateral attempt of the employers to deskill the role of electrician, or elsewhere in the form of such measures as "fire and rehire".

The workers had dared to challenge company decision-making power. They rejected the fact that tasks were given to those for which they were not trained, jeopardising the safety of all. In attempting to wash its hands, Amazon has merely exposed its disregard for employees working under its ultimate control.

Employers should not be allowed to terminate employment at the drop of a hat under any circumstances. The workers fought to maintain their dignity and defend their right to have control over their lives and the future of their livelihoods. They are saying employers cannot continue to exercise arbitrary power in this way, and their authority will be challenged.

(Sources: Chronicle Live, libcom.org, The Northern Echo.)


Notes
1. "Electricians Win Victory in their Fight for their Dignity and Rights", Workers' Weekly, June 26, 2021
http://www.rcpbml.org.uk/wwie-21/ww21-20/ww21-20-03.htm

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Global Monopoly Serco

Waste Collectors Fight for their Rights during Pandemic

Workers at Serco waste collection services [1] in Sandwell, West Midlands, have been balloting for strike action after disabled workers were sacked for shielding [2]. One such shielding worker was awaiting a kidney transplant, it is reported. In a vote last month, 98% of workers invoked their union, GMB, to organise the strike ballot.

The dispute comes at a time when the government are lifting Covid lockdown restrictions. Now workers are being told to fend for themselves, in an abdication of responsibility by the public authority. As this case at Serco exposes, workers taking so-called "personal responsibility" are under threat of being sacked. Instead, workers are acting with social responsibility and mobilising to defeat the pandemic in opposition to the government's capitulation to the powerful private interests it represents. Workers must act in their own interests if they are to preserve their right to safety and security.

The conditions of working under pandemic circumstances are fraught with difficulties and vulnerable workers need to go beyond measures such as social distancing and wearing masks, for whom it can be a matter of life and death. Focus is also shifting to improving the claim of workers in the form of sick pay now that the furlough system is being ended and welfare benefits are being cut.

One particular issue at Serco Sandwell has been intimidation, with workers who spoke out over safety being threatened by management.

"Serco bosses have behaved appallingly. Sacking disabled workers for trying to keep them and their families safe, while bullying those who raise safety concerns is no way to run a business," said GMB regional organiser Justine Jones. "GMB members have had enough and are flexing their industrial muscle. They now face crippling industrial action and inconveniencing the people of Sandwell if they do not address these concerns."

Intimidation was an issue in another recent dispute at Serco, this time at the Royal London hospital in Whitechapel [3]. Back of house catering staff took five days of strike action in June over a year-long fight against management bullying, including an unworkable roster system. Further planned strike action was suspended as Serco largely met the workers' demands.

Over 40 parking wardens employed by Serco in Ealing have also been on strike for two weeks over their treatment by the company, following intermittent strike action since May and a three-day strike at the end of June [4]. The action is over the company's offer of severance to elected Unite representatives, activists, and other members in an attempt to undermine trade union organisation and collective consultation. At the same time, Serco is refusing to negotiate a new absence policy.

As is prevalent in all industrial relations at present, Serco in all of these disputes is imposing its decision-making and control over working conditions through might and intimidation without any concern for the voice, and indeed health and safety, of those it employs. It is in the interests of all that workers take a stand and resist this. The way forward is to connect that resistance with the necessity for control and to change the conditions both in the workplace and in society as a whole fundamentally. Employers are particularly trying to force through their "new normal" as a means to in fact cling onto the Old and impose everything but the New that is required. In opposition, workers aim at a new society and new mechanisms through which they are able to exercise control over the problems of society, the socialised economy, and all matters that affect their lives.


Notes
1. Serco is a global monopoly headquartered in Britain, principally contracted by governments to deliver public services. The company employs more than 50,000 people across Britain and Europe, North America, Asia and the Pacific, and the Middle East. In Britain, which accounts for the largest part of its business, Serco provides services on behalf of central and local government, and public sector bodies including defence, justice, immigration, healthcare and transport. (Source: Serco corporate website.)
2. "Serco Sandwell waste collectors strike ballot begins after shielding disabled workers sacked", GMB, June 30, 2021
https://www.gmb.org.uk/news/serco-sandwell-waste-collectors-strike-ballot-begins-after-shielding-disabled-workers-sacked
3. "Royal London hospital strikes off as Serco offers major concessions in bullying and roster dispute", Unite the Union, July 5, 2021
https://www.unitetheunion.org/news-events/news/2021/july/royal-london-hospital-strikes-off-as-serco-offers-major-concessions-in-bullying-and-roster-dispute
4. "Ealing summer parking 'free for all' after new Serco civil enforcement strikes announced", Unite the Union, June 22, 2021
https://www.unitetheunion.org/news-events/news/2021/june/ealing-summer-parking-free-for-all-after-new-serco-civil-enforcement-strikes-announced

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Workers' Movement

Support Striking DVLA Workers

Message from PCS

PCS members have been in dispute with DVLA management and the Department for Transport (DfT) since January over Covid safety in the workplace.

With the highest numbers of workplace cases, management were slow to act and showed scant disregard for members health. After eight days of strike action PCS negotiated a deal to end the dispute and put in place clear safeguards for those in work.

At the 11th hour the draft agreement was scrapped by management without a clear explanation why. Further strike action is now underway.

PCS believes government ministers stopped the DVLA management signing the deal. We need to apply pressure to the Secretary of State to settle this dispute.

It's your right to be heard and only pressure from union members and our friends and family will work now.

Your support will make all the difference.

Can you take a few minutes to write a message and support DVLA workers in their campaign for a safe workplace?

Send a message here. [Keep DVLA staff safe | Megaphone UK]

(Megaphone UK, a project of the TUC)

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Herd Immunity by Mass Infection

Government's Plan is Unscientific and Unethical

Citizens TV Emergency Press Conference, Monday, 12.07.21

Press Conference 12.07.21 - YouTube

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