inflation. Telecom workers join strike wave in United Kingdom

inflation. Telecom workers join strike wave in United Kingdom

Thousands of workers at telcos BT and Openreach began a 48-hour strike today as part of a fight for a wave of wage hikes and strikes in Britain.

The Communications Workers’ Union (CWU) said more than 40,000 of its members would go on strike this Tuesday and Wednesday.

The action coincides with the postal strike (Royal Mail) that began last week and will continue this Wednesday with coordinated actions by its 115,000 employees.

The CWU said its members were on strike against the £1,500 wage increase offered by BT Group. “The reason for the strike is simple: workers will not accept the drastic drop in their standard of living,” said CWU general secretary Dave Ward.

BT Group made an offer that represents an increase of about 5% on average and 8% for minimum pay tiers. However, despite the company’s argument that this will be the highest wage increase in more than 20 years, the problem is that inflation is at its highest in several decades and annual rates are already above 10%, the chances are that by the start of next year. I will be 18 years old.

That’s why Ward said: “With the retail price index already running at 11.7% this year in terms of inflation levels, that’s a dramatic pay cut in real terms.”

Like many sectors that are struggling, showing that they were considered essential during the pandemic and today their wages are lost to inflation, Ward said: “We are the workers who kept the country connected during the pandemic. Without CWU members, there would be no homework revolution, and critical technical infrastructure could break down or break down when our country needs it most.”

This is the second time this year that BT workers have gone on strike. Royal Mail’s postal workers will also go on strike again, which will resume on Wednesday, with two more days of industrial action on 8 and 9 September.

These actions are part of a wave of strikes across the UK, spanning a range of sectors including rail, dockworkers, lawyers and garbage collectors, logistics or aeronautics, while half a million health workers in the public sector are being prepared. Do this too.

This tendency of workers to go into battle is creating a crisis in the leadership of the union that so far has avoided coordinating the different sectors and only called for separate or partial strike from each other. It takes away the power of action from the roughly one million workers who carry out a variety of actions, allowing the government and companies to offer wages far below inflation and bet on a breakdown of ongoing conflicts.

However, the pressure from below is enormous and could mean that some union leadership is forced to coordinate attacks this fall. Part of this pressure is seen in a proposal put forward by the UK’s two biggest unions, Unite and Unison, who have called for a trade union congress (TUC) next month to synchronize future strikes.

Unite has 1.2 million members, and is organizing an eight-day strike at the UK’s largest container port, Felixstowe, as well as recent strikes on London’s tube and bus network. It also represents workers in manufacturing, public services, transportation, food, finance and construction.

Meanwhile, Unison has 1.3 million members and is organizing strikes by garbage collectors in Scotland and is planning strikes by school and nursery workers as well as examination board staff.

Despite their firepower, the lack of coordination they have shown so far is attributable to the fact that action and strike have not won their demands.

With information from BBC and Efe


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