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Denso workers in Birmingham fight for their jobs and pay

by Pete Jackson and Dave Hughes
Issue No. 2034

Some 60 people struck at Denso Manufacturing in Birmingham last Thursday.

The lively picket of workers from the T&G and Amicus unions was the third strike day in the dispute over pay.

Last week the company only got 3,000 out of the 7,000 units they wanted produced. The strike days and an overtime ban severely disrupted production.

The unions had put in a bid for a “significant” pay rise but Denso is only offering bonus payments.

Amicus regional officer Tom Keogh told Socialist Worker, “The dispute started over pay when the company offered what was effectively a negative increase.

“But the company has since announced its plan to relocate, so we’re now talking about jobs. This is now a dispute about the future of Denso in Britain.”

Denso announced that it plans to shut the plant in Hall Green and relocate with the loss of 100 jobs.

One striker told Socialist Worker, “People who have been here 20, 30, 40 years are being told that they’re not qualified to move with the relocation.” The first job losses are planned for April with total closure due in June.

According to a striker, “We used to sit half a day and stand half a day, then they took the chairs away.” Another said, “The £200 half yearly attendance bonus is a farce as you lose it if you’re off sick for more than three days.”

The next strike day is set for Thursday of this week.

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Sat 20 Jan 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2034
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