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Kimberly-Clark forklift drivers resume strikes

Issue No. 2139

Workers at Kimberly-Clark in Barrow in north west England struck in a fight for more pay last weekend.

The dispute, which involves contract forklift truck drivers, started last November because the contractor TDG offered the men a 4.2 percent pay rise, not the 4.7 per cent that core workers at Kimberly-Clark received. 

The drivers staged twice weekly strikes by the day and night shifts of four hours, for two months until Christmas. The strikes have now resumed.

Ronn Miller, Unite union rep said, “It is not a big pay rise we are fighting for.

The cheaper option would be just to pay us.
Most of us have families who are behind us. We are determined to keep going as long as we can.

“Every year we get additional money at Christmas but they have withheld it this year.”

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Tue 17 Feb 2009, 18:16 GMT
Issue No. 2139
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