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Promens plastics workers strike over paltry pay offer

by John Curtis
Issue No. 2110

Some 140 workers in the Unite union struck at a plastic packaging manufacturers in Beccles, Suffolk on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week over a paltry pay offer.

The 140 Unite (T&G section) members employed by Promens a multinational company with a annual turnover of $910 million, offered the Beccles workforce a mere 2.2 percent.

Workers say that with contracts to supply big name firms like Tresemme and Lever Brothers that the money is there for a decent pay rise.

Peter Watson, Unite union convenor, explained in a personal capacity to Socialist Worker that after years of low pay the workforce had decided they had had enough and “decided to make a stand”.

Management did find the money to employ a security firm to photograph the lawful and peaceful picket throughout the course of the strike.

Solidarity has clearly been visible throughout the strike – from the local cafe opening up an hour early to supply tea for the strike, from passing motorists tooting for the dispute.

The workers also struck on Tuesday and Thursday of this week.

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Wed 16 Jul 2008, 18:58 BST
Issue No. 2110
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