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As the capitalist crisis deepens, more and more workers are coming under attack. Vodafone has just announced huge lay-offs. There are plans to axe 1,000 jobs on the railways. The sacking of 850 agency workers at the Cowley car plant in Oxford is the latest in a string of redundancies. They received no redundancy pay, no holiday pay and no sickness pay. All they were offered was their P45s and a week’s wages. Wage freezes have also become common in the last period. Short-time working has spread with Toyota closing its factory for four weeks.