Over 80 members of Unite struck for a third day on Monday of this week at C Brown Steels, Brierley Hill, West Midlands, in a dispute over pay. Their demand for a 6 percent increase has been met by a management offer of 3.5 percent now and 2 percent next year.
Only about 20 percent of the workforce get above the minimum wage and pickets claimed they were “forced to live there” to get enough to live on. One worker who operates a slitting line claimed he needed to turn in 55 hours to get a £300 pay packet.
Only a couple of years ago company directors were pictured drinking champagne and boasting of profits in excess of £5 million.
This follows a one day strike last week. Workers are due to strike again on Friday of this week, and are operating an overtime ban and work to rule.