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Issue No. 1884

AROUND 750 warehouse workers at a huge distribution centre of the supermarket chain Sainsbury's held a 24-hour strike from Wednesday night last week. Further action was set to take place this week.

The strike at the centre in Haydock, near St Helens on Merseyside, was the second in a dispute over pay. The first strike was on 29 December.

Almost all the warehouse workers at the site are members of the Usdaw shopworkers' union. One Haydock picket told Socialist Worker, "We are a crucial part of this business.

"If people like us-and checkout staff and so-on-don't shift the goods then the whole project comes to a grinding halt. We've decided to make a stand and make the company pay."

The dispute follows the rejection by the warehouse workers of Sainsbury's latest pay offer of £7.55 per hour, with a maximum pre-tax £500 back payment, as it fell short of the £8 per hour the workers are claiming.

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Sat 17 Jan 2004, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1884
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