5 March 2009

Strikes against foreign workers in Britain

A series of strikes involving industrial workers have broken out across Britain

The key fact is simple. Unemployed local workers and their supporters are angry because lower-paid foreign workers have been brought in to do jobs which they could do.

The interpretation is the facts, though, is ambiguous. One version is that it represents the cry for British jobs for British workers; the other is that the workers are protesting against the effects of neo-liberal capitalism.

My guess is that the protesters and the strikers don’t clearly distinguish between these two ideological poles in the way that Guardian commentators do; and that on the ground the two interpretations merge into one another.

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