IWW commence build-up for major assault on NBS bosses

With new phase of IWW campaign against 600 job cuts, the wobblies launch massive recruitment drive.

NBS Staff Protest in Southampton

As part of the IWW’s fightback against NBS bosses the IWW has set itself the ambitious task of bringing more people on board to the Save Our National Blood Service campaign.

Wobblies aim to bring the number of public supporters of the campaign to over a thousand by the end of the week, by signing up hundreds of new campaign participants on the social networking site facebook and through increasing the volume of campaign emails, public stalls and public visibility.

“This is an ambitious drive, but we think we can do it!” comments campaign activist and wobbly Joe Rutherford.

“We need to build momentum for our big assault in January. It’s crucial to the campaign so we are devoting a lot of time to this objective.” Joe continues.

So far the number of people joining the campaign has really begun to take off. With less than 500 supporters in email contact last month the campaign now boasts nearly 750. With every new member wobblies contend that the community and mass public campaign grows in strength. A review is currently taking place into the cuts, which will be published in January. The IWW believe that building support for a major fightback in January is crucial to the success of the campaign

“We can reach our target of 1000 members by the end of the week. When we do we can really start to increase our impact on a national scale. This campaign is getting stronger every day. This is massive, but we need to be ready to take serious action in January. We are going to win this campaign, so are going to put ourselves in a position to do that.”

The IWW NBS job branch can be contacted at
iww.nbs@gmail.com

[Release by IWW NBS job branch]

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IWW Launches Second Phase of National Campaign

IWW launches second phase of fight against blood service centralisation plans.

The IWW is fighting the closure of 10 blood processing centres across England. This is the largest campaign yet attempted by the IWW in the UK (the BIROC), and has led to large scale regional mobilisations, and the distribution of 55,000 leaflets and 5000 targeted workplace bulletins.

The campaign thusfar has led to the formation of an IWW job branch in the West Midlands, the resignation of the Chief Executive, Martin Gorham, and a review into the management plan to axe over 600 jobs.

However the success of the campaign has led to a management fightback. In a move largely seen as panicked, following the embarrassing resignation of the Chief Executive and climbdown in granting the review, management consultantancy firm McKinseys were appointed at huge expense to conduct the review. McKinseys are the firm which given ENRON a financial clean bill of health; it is widely viewed by staff that the firm have been called in to force through management plans. NBS bosses have also appointed an acting Chief Executive to see the review out; what Clive Ronaldson apparently has going for him is that he has “been involved in many movements of products and closures of factories.” At least that’s what he tells staff!

The review culminates in January and it is widely expected that with polished management goons McKinseys onside, and ‘Butcher’ Ronaldson temporarily let loose at the helm the review will be a management whitewash.

As a result staff and IWW campaigners are gearing up for a fight. The IWW is launching a new phase of the campaign to counter the management fightback. It aims to counter the management by circumscribing them and to directly pressurise their bosses, with a campaign of targeted direct action.

This is the largest struggle the IWW has been involved in, in the UK. The IWW are fighting to win it!

To find out more about the campaign, or to get in touch with the job branch directly, please contact:-

    iww.nbs@gmail.com

[News release from IWW NBS]