ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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LONDON-Workers Collide with Profiteers

Workers Collide with Profiteers Farrukh Dhondy NO more free tomatoes for the population of the Channel Islands, the dockers having returned to work, the farmers will be able to ship them to market in the UK. An end to the tourist attraction of fungoid tomatoes piled by the highways with notices inviting motorists to help themselves. Not all the rotting tomatoes of those islands would have been ammunition enough for the militants of the dockyards greeting their trade union delegates after the decision to go back to work had been taken on August 16 at Transport House in London. Jack Jones, General Secretary of the Transport and General Workers Union to which the dockers belong, coauthor of the unacceptable proposals and settlement which sent them back to work, was greeted the same day with more bitter sauce from his rank and file than that served in the cafes of East London. With no relish in the decision, his own men, as he calls them, stormed a press conference he was holding after the deal and shut it down. "King Rat" they called him, amongst other picturesque working class epithets, and then turned on the representatives of the bourgeois press for their biased reports of the entire struggle of ordinary working men fighting for their livelihoods against the encroachment of growing capital and profits.

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