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William Cook

Issue No. 1761

STRIKING engineering workers hope to win their employment tribunal claims against the William Cook firm in Sheffield. The 60 strikers have stood up to lockouts, closures and redundancies in the long running dispute over union-busting.

Unfortunately this strategy is a last resort. It reflects the weakness of the strikers' position caused by lack of action by their own union leaders. Strikers have followed the letter of the law on the advice of AEEU union leaders.

But bosses locked workers out and sacked them while they were on strike. Intimidation forced some strikers back to work. A ballot for action at another on-site foundry facing cutbacks produced a split result. Despite a pledge from Sir Ken Jackson, the AEEU leadership has done nothing. The remaining strikers still need support.

Messages of support and donations to Eddy Grimes, 116 Richmond Park Crescent, Sheffield S13 8HG.

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Sat 11 Aug 2001, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1761
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