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Sacked Two Sisters workers’ fight goes on

by Simon Furze
Issue No. 2175

Two Sisters workers protesting last Saturday

Two Sisters workers protesting last Saturday

Some 59 food processing workers who were sacked from the Two Sisters factory in Smethwick, west Midlands are continuing their struggle for justice.

Sacked after standing up to racism, the workers have started a series of protests focusing on Marks & Spencer, which is supplied by Two Sisters, and the Two Sisters group itself.

The workers protested outside Birmingham city centre Marks and Spencer on Friday of last week shouting “Two Sisters... racist!” and “What do we want? Jobs back. When do want them? Now”. Passers-by signed their petition.

They assembled at the head office of the Two Sisters group on Monday of this week and leafleted the workers, asking them to support the campaign for their full reinstatement.

The factory workers were out again on Tuesday as they protested outside their old factory, calling for them to support their cause.

Protests are planned on Wednesday of this week, when they are going to take their fight to London to protest outside Marks & Spencer near Marble Arch.

Zohib Javid, one of the sacked Unite union stewards, said, “We stood up to racism and the company sacks us. We realise that this is about smashing our union in the company. We will continue to fight this injustice.”

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Tue 27 Oct 2009, 18:37 GMT
Issue No. 2175
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