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Promen's pay strike continues in Beccles

by John Curtis
Issue No. 2112

Workers in the Unite union at Promens plastic packaging in Beccles, Suffolk, have stepped up their campaign for decent pay as they enter their third week of industrial action.

This week sees a seven day strike – which began on Friday of last week – by forklift drivers. This should bring production at the plant to a standstill as no one will be available to transport finished goods to the warehouse and on to lorries thus halting deliveries.

However, Promens have brought in agency workers to drive forklift trucks – who took some six hours to load a single lorry that normally takes 10 minutes to fill!

General operatives also struck last Friday alongside forklift drivers adding to the general chaos and low productivity at the plant;the day passing well with a high level of confidence and a determination to win not only a fair pay offer but also to be treated with respect and dignity, issues that have become more important than just pay.

Solidarity has also been increased. The workers' Unite union at regional level have donated £12,000 to the strike fund in addition to the £13 per day strike pay.

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Tue 29 Jul 2008, 18:10 BST
Issue No. 2112
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