Socialist Worker


by Alan Thomson
Issue No. 1920

WORKERS AT the Soapworks factory in Glasgow were escalating their action by striking on Tuesday and Thursday of this week.

Soapworks customer Sainsbury’s intended to visit the factory on Tuesday.

Holding the action on this day let the visitors see how management fails to live up to the ethical claims of the Body Shop, which owns a stake in the firm.

Management has not made any serious offer to the workers, who are in the TGWU union.

The latest offer was made last week. It involved taking 2 percent off the amount the company pays into pensions and paying a 2 percent wage rise instead.

The factory boss got more in his latest rise than workers get at the top of their grade. “The company seems to make big profits, but we don’t seem to see any of it,” said one worker.

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Sat 25 Sep 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1920
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