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Beagle workers hunt for more meat on their pay deal

Issue No. 1886

MORE THAN 100 workers at the Beagle aircraft firm in Christchurch, Dorset, staged a one-day strike on Friday of last week in support of their pay claim.

Members of the Amicus engineering union at Beagle, part of the aerospace division of the multinational Smiths Group, voted for strike action after the breakdown of pay talks.

Workers, who have already introduced an overtime ban, plan to repeat the Friday stoppages until the dispute is resolved.

A spokesperson for the strikers said the union was demanding a 6.5 percent increase for workers who had not received an expected pay award in August. But the firm has offered only 2 percent.

The first action was very successful with only office staff and non-union shopfloor workers crossing the picket line.

Delivery lorries were turned away from the Stony Lane factory.

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Sat 31 Jan 2004, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1886
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