Over 80 members of Unite struck for a fourth day on Monday of this week at
C Brown Steels, in the West Midlands, in a dispute over pay. Their demand for a 6 percent increase has been met by an offer of 3.5 percent now and 2 percent next year.
Roughly 20 percent of the workforce get above the minimum wage and pickets claimed they were “forced to live at the factory” 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.
Geoff Gregory, Unite senior steward, told Socialist Worker, “They can afford our claim, more strike days are planned and the union is operating an overtime ban, and a work to rule.”
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