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'Strikes work - that's why the Tories fear them'

Bakers' union leader Ronnie Draper addresses the Aslef conference

THE Tories have made it difficult for workers to take industrial action because strikes work, bakers’ union leader Ronnie Draper said today.

Addressing the annual conference of train drivers’ union Aslef, the Bakers, Food & Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU) general secretary said: “People say strikes don’t work. I don’t believe that. Four years ago we had the Hovis strike in Wigan.

“The company rang me and said, 'You’ve got to call it off, it’s illegal. We’ll come after you and sequestrate your funds.'

“Well, when we started in 1847 we had no funds. 'We’ll come after you, personally, we’ll take your house.'

“I said ‘look, mate, join the queue. My ex-wife’s after that.’

“And the strike worked. We won. And the Hovis bosses who were responsible have all gone.”

Mr Draper told delegates he is delighted to be “returning to my home city, Tory-free Liverpool,” and brought solidarity greetings to the bakers.

He added: “McDonald’s is also proof that strikes work. Workers now get two weeks’ notice of shift changes and they got the biggest pay rise in living memory. They deserve it.

“The success of the McStrikes shows what workers can achieve when they organise.”

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