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Baildon setback by AUEW leaders

(March 1986)

From Militant, No. 791, 28 March 1986, p. 15.
Transcribed by Iain Dalton.
Marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for the Encyclopaedia of Trotskyism On-Line (ETOL).

DESPITE A further letter from management full of lies about a mass return to work and threatening victimisation of individuals the strike at IMI Baildon continues into its fifth week.

Massive support is pouring in from the labour movement. Speakers from the strike are travelling around the country getting a good response.

However this enthusiasm is not matched by the union leadership. When the strike pay failed to arrive as promised on Friday afternoon four members of the strike committee went down to AUEW HQ in London only to be turned away empty handed.

This was a real kick in the stomach and for the rank and file in Baildon and resulted in a limited return to work which was quenched by a mass picket on Monday morning.

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