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Strike over outsourcing planned at Pirelli, Carlisle

Issue No. 2060

Around 700 workers at the Pirelli tyre factory in Carlisle have voted to strike against management’s plans to outsource five jobs to workers outside the factory.

Workers, in the T&G section of the new Unite union, have set 3, 4 and 17 August as the strike days. If a strike takes place it will be only the second strike at the factory since 1969.

The factory, which produces about 10,000 tyres a day, could stand to lose hundreds of thousands of pounds.

T&G regional industrial organiser Alan McGuckin said, “Pirelli wants to outsource a process within the factory and we believe this process is a core part of production.

“We do not wish to see our membership and jobs cut by stealth. We do not agree that they should be outsourcing this process.

“Our members are flexible, highly productive and reasonably well-paid and we do not want this outsourcing, which would ultimately detract from the quality that our members produce.”

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Tue 17 Jul 2007, 19:46 BST
Issue No. 2060
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