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Defence workers resist attack

Issue No. 2282

Over 400 skilled workers at defence electronics company Selex Galileo were set to strike on Thursday of this week over pay.

The company offered a below-inflation pay rise of 2.5 percent or an annual increase of £750. Unite union leaders described this as “insulting and unfair”.

Last year the firm—which manufactures specialist equipment for the Typhoon fighter aircraft—made a profit of £24,900 for every worker.

Some 61 percent of workers voted yes to strikes in a ballot of sites in Edinburgh, Luton, Basildon and Southampton. More strikes are set for 15 and 22 December, and 5 January.

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Tue 6 Dec 2011, 17:55 GMT
Issue No. 2282
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