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Support growing across Scotland for Sunvic workers on all-out strike

by Alan Thomson
Issue No. 2051

Sunvic workers on the march in Uddingston, Scotland (Pic: Duncan Brown)

Sunvic workers on the march in Uddingston, Scotland (Pic: Duncan Brown)


The 43 striking workers at Sunvic Controls in Uddingston in Scotland received a massive boost for their strike on Friday of last week when around 100 people joined a protest in their support.

There were union delegations from the nearby Tunnock’s biscuit factory and a road haulage depot.

The marchers also included delegations from North Lanarkshire trades council and Glasgow City Unison, along with workers from East Kilbride tax office.

Graham Smith, general secretary of the Scottish Trade Union Congress, was also on the march.

The Sunvic strikers – who are members of the newly formed Unite union (the merged T&G and Amicus unions), and mostly women – have been on an all-out strike for seven weeks.

Bosses are attempting to impose changes to workers’ contracts that would involve lay-offs of up to three months with only eight days’ pay.

Mike Brider, Unite regional organiser for Scotland, said, “Our union will not walk away from this dispute. We must draw a line under glorious failures. The union has allocated £15 million to organising. Why can’t we allocate the same support to this dispute?

“This dispute has to be a cause celebre for the union movement.”

Graham Smith said, “We need laws that prevent the employer dumping on us at the first hint of bad times. Sunvic workers deserve our support because they have stood up and fought back.”

Sunvic bosses are bringing in agency workers by taxi in an attempt to break the strike.

A further rally has been called for Saturday 2 June. Trade unions and supporters from across the country are encouraged to come and show their support.

Please send donations and messages of support to Sunvic Joint Shop Stewards Committee, c/o Margaret Paterson, 51 Emily Drive, Motherwell, ML1 2SH or email scotland@tgwu.org.uk. Requests for speakers for workplaces should be sent to the same addresses


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Tue 15 May 2007, 18:31 BST
Issue No. 2051
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