Mike Barton

Billy's bet

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Billy Hayes, in his article on old fashioned values (Union-made, Socialist Review, September 2007), made a bet - that "some of the best organised workplaces where members are the strongest, would be the place where the modern 'Owens' are making their case for a better future..."

The RMT Metronet dispute involved a group of workers many of us knew nothing about before. When they were on strike last month we visited their picket line.

A worker in his twenties talked to us there and told us this was the first organised shop he had worked in. "It was weird, at first, to be called 'brother' - but not any more. It all makes sense now - we are brothers."

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