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Growing solidarity for Sunvic strike

by Alan Thomson
Issue No. 2053

Workers at Sunvic Controls, Uddingston, near Glasgow, who are on all-out strike against their bosses imposing changes to their terms and conditions will take to the streets this Saturday.

They are coming up to the eleventh week of their strike and are asking supporters to join them on their march.

The 40 mainly women workers are members of the Unite union – the union formed by the merger of Amicus and the T&G unions.

Their strike fund has been boosted with donations from workers across the country.

Strikers received a donation of £2,500 from the Scottish region of Amicus.

Other recent donations include £500 from the Amicus Rolls Royce branch in East Kilbride and £250 from Glasgow City Unison.

The T&G Glasgow Housing Association branch has donated £500.

Branch secretary Dave Sherry said, 'Sunvic workers are fighting for everybody. It's an attack by the management on the principal of trade unions.

'Our branch made a donation but if the strike continues we will organise collections among workers at the 60-70 workplaces represented by the branch.'

Last weekend strikers raised £200 through a car boot sale and £430 from a collection at the Scottish cup final football match in Glasgow.

Sunvic bosses are under pressure and are using anti-union laws to try to stop picketing and demonstrations at the factory. However the bosses have finally agreed to talks with the Unite union. These were to take place this week.

The strikers received support from the local council who gave permission for a march and rally.

Jim McGuigan, the SNP councillor for the area, said, 'Its atrocious what the management are doing. The women here have worked for years to build up the factory.'

The strikers' march and rally on Saturday 2 June starts at 12 noon from the factory in Bellshill Road, Uddingston.

Grahame Smith, the general secretary of the Scottish TUC, will speak at the rally.

The Unite union is encouraging all union branches from across Scotland to send delegations to the march.

Send donations, messages of support and requests for speakers to Sunvic Controls, Joint Shop Stewards Committee, c/o Margaret Paterson, 51 Emily Drive, Motherwell, ML1 2SH or » [email protected]

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Tue 29 May 2007, 18:53 BST
Issue No. 2053
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