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Stead McAlpin protest at Liverpool John Lewis store

Issue No. 2151

The protest in Liverpool (Pic: Belinda Harkness)

The protest in Liverpool (Pic: Belinda Harkness)

Around 20 workers from the Stead McAlpin factory in Cummersdale, near Carlisle, protested at the John Lewis store in Liverpool city centre last Saturday as part of their jobs fight.

John Lewis sold off Stead McAlpin and its sister factory JH Birtwhistle in Haslingdon, Lancashire, to Apex Textiles in September 2007. This company then went into administration on 1 May, leaving the workers without any redundancy pay.

The workers have organised a number of protests to shame John Lewis into meeting its obligations to them.

Belinda Harkness, one of the workers, told Socialist Worker, “The protest in Liverpool went very well. The people were so friendly.

“Some people took leaflets and then handed them to staff in the store. A woman who’d just had a makeover went back inside to complain about our treatment.

“We are a thorn in John Lewis’s side. The company says that it is talks with the administrators about keeping the plant open.

“Why is it coming back to the table if it’s not to blame for what happened?” asks Belinda.

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Tue 12 May 2009, 17:19 BST
Issue No. 2151
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