It seems according to the 'smart money' that the oil refinery workers at Grangemouth have scored a success.
Their strike if we consider it was about an enduring trade union principle, 'solidarity' the difference with this strike was, solidarity with whom ?
It wasn't a 'sympathy' strike or secondary action because nobody else was out, it wasn't for a pay rise (greedy workers) it wasn't for shorter hrs. (lazy workers) in fact, and here is the principle it wasn't even for themselves. They went on strike to protect the pension rights of workers who have yet to be employed by the company, their future union 'brothers and sisters' The multi national billionaire company wanted to withdraw pension rights from future new employees, lovely people eh ?
The company showed typical capitalist greed, there is no such thing as enough profit when someone can be exploited, that's the law of capitalism, they hoped that the workforce would behave like them and say to hell with who follows us, I'm doing OK let them fight their own battles.
A just cause, a determined workforce and a well organised union and it can still be done. This is at a time when BP and Shell anticipate profits of £68 bn. between them.
I hope other groups of workers will pay attention to what happened at Grangemouth and take encouragement from it, we need to remember that every advance made in this country for workers was as a result of struggle and sacrifice by the Labour and Trade Union Movement, a movement for good and a movement with lots to offer for the future.
We can and must fight back against corporate greed, the unions are still our hope for the future, as the famous Union song goes "there is no power weaker than the feeble power of one, but the Union makes us strong. solidarity for ever" etc. well done Grangemouth workers.