Workers who make egg cartons for the Omni-Pac company in Great Yarmouth staged their second one-day strike on Wednesday of last week. The 114 workers, members of the TGWU union, are striking against the imposition of new contracts which mean they could lose up to £40 a week.
The TGWU members plan to strike every Wednesday. Unfortunately officials in the AEEU union have accepted the new contracts. But a TGWU official, Margaret Holmes, reports that the strike among TGWU members is solid:
'The company has simply tried to impose new terms and conditions of employment, and has treated people disgracefully badly. It represents the unacceptable face of private enterprise. The strength of feeling is running very high at the moment.'
No short measures
Workers at whisky-maker Chivas Brothers in Paisley, near Glasgow, are continuing their two-day strikes. They are fighting bosses' attempts to impose a lump sum pay rise of £600 instead of an annual percentage rise.
The workers, members of the GMB, AEEU and MSF unions, are angry at management's attempts to use intimidation and bribery to defeat the strike. Bosses recently offered a 45 percent pay hike to temporary workers to cross picket lines.
The rise is only paid on strike days. As GMB organiser Richard Leonard said, 'This is a fairly crude attempt at bribery. It will only inflame the situation.'
Boss delays tribunals
Angry William Cook's strikers will now have to wait until next February for their employment tribunal claims over unfair dismissal to be heard. Sixty of the striking engineering workers arrived last Monday for the tribunals to start but were told the company wanted further delays before it would go ahead.
The tribunals will decide whether bosses at William Cook's unfairly sacked the strikers after they were locked out at Easter earlier this year. Workers claim they were sacked for taking industrial action. 'We're as solid as ever, but solidarity from other workers is more important than ever,' said one of the strikers.