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Stead McAlpin workers reject offer

Issue No. 2154

Workers at the Stead McAlpin textile factory in Cummersdale, near Carlisle, last week voted against a take-over plan that could have seen massive cuts in their pay and worse conditions.

The Unite union members voted against the deal even though they were told it was the last chance of saving the factory.

The workers were employed by John Lewis until 2007 when they were transfered to Apex Textiles, along with workers at their sister factory JH Birtwistle in Haslingden, near Blackburn.

But this company went into administration on 1 April, leaving the workers without any redundancy pay.

The workers are angry at the way they have been treated and are sick of being messed around by employers.

One worker said, “The offer on the table contained conditions that could have meant 30-40 percent loss of wages and shift changes.

“This just wasn’t good enough for people. Now we’re waiting to see what happens.

“Whatever does happen we’ll be continuing our campaign for justice from John Lewis. It put us here and we’re definitely not going away.”

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Tue 2 Jun 2009, 18:21 BST
Issue No. 2154
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