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Nissan workers plan strike after rejecting 2% pay offer

Issue No. 2032

Workers at car maker Nissan look set to go on strike for the first time in a row over pay. Bosses’ offer of a 2 percent rise over two years was rejected by workers at its Sunderland plant last month.

Workers in the Amicus union rubbished the offer, saying it “undervalued” employees at Europe’s most productive plant when Jaguar workers received a 4 percent rise and Ford workers 4.2 percent.

One disgruntled worker at the plant said, “I just hope we see some action. We want a fair day’s pay.

“The management want more and more from us, and we get nothing back. We don’t think it’s fair. Is a 2 percent pay rise from the most profitable plant in Europe a fair deal?”

Another worker said, “2 percent is an absolute disgrace.

“We work long, hard hours, and the short-notice overtime we put up with causes a lot of problems at home, especially with young children. I feel let down by Nissan and don’t feel the management is doing its job properly.

“We want to see a rise that is at least in line with inflations. Nissan is trying to maximise its profits, and it’s not as if it’s financially in trouble.”

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Sat 6 Jan 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2032
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