Once more, instead of demanding more employment, the union is demanding that Polish and Spanish workers are replaced by British workers. How can this strategy not end terribly? How is it not a grubby disgrace to the working class movement?
It is sometimes a conceit of the Left that a) there is a mass working class movement and b) that it tilts leftwards. Clearly that isn’t always so. But ugly nativism demanding foreign workers out of Britain absolutely needs to be opposed, and the threat of extreme rightwing advances under such an agenda is real indeed there. Lenin’s Tomb will always be at the barricades on such issues, and that’s a good thing indeed.
Charlie in the comments has what I think could be an answer.
I think it misses the point though, that whether or not the strike is reactionary the job of revolutionaries should be to turn up on the pickets and demos, sympathising with the underlying economic motivations behind the strikes but diverting the anger away from foreign labour and towards the system.
Absolutely. Those workers are losing their jobs, are scared for their futures, and need to be supported. The way to win them over is by understanding what they’re going through, then explaining how the current system permits and encourages companies to bring in huge numbers of cheap, easily exploited foreign workers.