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Fighting for justice at Stead McAlpin

Issue No. 2149

Protesting last week (Pic: Belinda Harkness)

Protesting last week (Pic: Belinda Harkness)

Workers from the Stead McAlpin textile factory in Cummersdale, near Carlisle, took their fight for justice to the John Lewis store in Newcastle last Saturday.

The workers are members of the Unite union. Stead McAlpin was sold off by John Lewis to Apex Textiles in 2007. Apex Textiles went into administration on 1 April, leaving the workers without any redundancy pay.

The workers protested outside the Newcastle John Lewis store demanding that the company pays them proper redundancy.

Chris Hughes, one of the workers, told Socialist Worker, “We leafleted and spoke to people about our case in Newcastle and got a good response. Some of us then went to the Waitrose in Hexham, which is also part of John Lewis.

“The administrators asked the 60 of us who are left working at the factory to do overtime last week, but we refused. To do it would be a betrayal of the people who have just been sacked.

“We’ve still got our pride and principles.

“We’re planning more protests at other John Lewis stores in the next couple of weeks.”

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Tue 28 Apr 2009, 19:01 BST
Issue No. 2149
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