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Keep up the pressure on Simclar

Issue No. 2039

Protesting in support of Simclar workers  (Pic: Ian Wallace)

Protesting in support of Simclar workers (Pic: Ian Wallace)

Around 600 Simclar workers and supporters marched through Irvine, Ayrshire on Saturday to keep up the pressure on the company.

The workers had been sacked when they turned up for work three weeks ago. In response they occupied one of the plants for a time.

Nan Wilson, one of the sacked workers, said there was still a huge anger at the way one of the richest men in the country can suddenly close a factory which still had orders.

“This kind of underhand trick by companies always leaves the workers in the mire,” said Nan. “Maybe we should have kept up the occupation for longer

“Now we hear the boss is trying the same thing in Missouri in the US where the local government is bending over backwards to help him exploit the next group of workers. We will be in touch with workers over there to let them know what they face.”

Willie Patterson, regional organiser of the workers’ Community union, told the marchers that the union was committed to supporting the Simclar workers.

Solidarity MSP Rosemary Byrne, who had joined the occupation, said that the laws which stop trade unions taking action yet allow bosses to get away with dumping workers without any consequences need to be changed. She urged everyone to support the Trade Union Freedom bill.

Donations and messages of support to North Ayrshire Community Justice Fund Community, 102 Hamilton Road, Motherwell ML1 3DG

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Sat 24 Feb 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2039
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