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British Labor Party urged to support workers in protests


British Labor Party urged to support workers in protests

London, Aug 29 (Prensa Latina) The British union Unite urged the leadership of the Labor Party to support the protests carried out by workers in the United Kingdom in demand of wage increases and better working conditions.

The call of the union has as its background the decision of the leader of the Labor Party, Keir Starmer, of prohibiting the deputies of his caucus from joining the strikers.

Noting that British workers do not have much support in the House of Commons, Unite General Secretary Sharon Graham pointed out that Labor would have a better chance of coming to power if they defended the working class more.

Railway, London Underground and Post Office employees, public transport bus drivers, criminal lawyers and Felixstowe port workers have all gone on strike in recent weeks, demanding a pay rise in line with inflation and the cost of living.

Starmer, who is due to open the annual meeting of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) next month, however, barred Labor lawmakers from publicly supporting the protests, and even sanctioned a prominent member of the caucus for making statements to the press without his permission.

The decision earned him the accusation of “bowing” to the right-wing newspapers by unions, which finance much of the British political organization, and the Labor Party.

According to reports, Unite and other labor unions will propose to the annual meeting of the TUC that all sectors go on strike in a coordinated manner, so that they have a greater impact, instead of the separate strikes of recent weeks.


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