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New action called at Wisbech cannery

by William Alderson
Issue No. 2188

Workers at Premier Foods cannery in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, have voted to restart their strikes. They rejected a revised pay offer by 208 votes to 96.

Katy (not her real name) told Socialist Worker that attitudes have hardened since the first strike three weeks ago.

“There have been some scary moments because of management mistakes in recent years, but we rallied round and got the factory over it.

“Now it seems that management have taken all the glory. They reward themselves, but we never get rewarded”, she said.

Workers are not just angry about lack of recognition for their work, but also about the humiliations they face.

“There’s nowhere to sit down because they took the benches away. The water machine broke three weeks ago and they still haven’t fixed it,” said Katy.

The Unite union reps are determined to build support and make the strikes as solid as possible. They were planning to hold a public meeting in Wisbech during the next stoppage on Thursday and Friday of this week.

They are also starting to make links with other Premier Foods factories, local trade unionists, and trades councils in King’s Lynn and Cambridge.

Other Premier Foods factories are nudging towards their own disputes, so Wisbech could be the start of a much bigger fight. Every bit of support makes a difference.

Send cheques and messages of support to Mark Plumb, Unite Convenor, 19 Kingsley Avenue, Wisbech, PE13 2PD. Cheques to 10-671 Wisbech Branch with Premier Strike Fund on the reverse.


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Tue 9 Feb 2010, 18:13 GMT
Issue No. 2188
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