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Series of strikes at Denso, Birmingham

by Pete Jackson
Issue No. 2033

A lorry driver is turned  away from the Denso picket line last week  (Pic: Pete Jackson)

A lorry driver is turned away from the Denso picket line last week (Pic: Pete Jackson)

Some 160 workers at Denso manufacturing in Birmingham are involved in a series of strikes over pay.

The workers, members of Amicus and the T&G unions, haven’t had a pay rise since April 2005.

Instead of a pay rise they were offered various allowances in April last year.

The workers took strike action on Thursday of last week, Monday of this week and were due to take action again on Thursday.

Over 50 people joined the picket line at 5.30am to let management know the strength of feeling.

During the strike on Thursday management attempted to keep production going using anybody they could. Even the site nurse was working on the production line.

The workers have also been carrying out an overtime ban since before Christmas.

In the strike ballot the workers had voted nine to one to take action.

Denso Midlands produce starters and alternators for customers worldwide. It is part of the Denso worldwide group.

This employs over 106,000 people in 32 countries and made £410 million profit in the six months to September 2006.

Some workers at the plant earn as little as £7 per hour.

People had been on shift working and were used to shift allowances. But the factory is only working days now. Recently management took on 50 temporary staff to cope with demand.

Alan Depper, the senior Amicus steward, told Socialist Worker, “We deserve a pay rise. The workforce have bent over backwards for this company.

“We deserve a better reward. We’ll be on the picket line till we get it.”

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Sat 13 Jan 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2033
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