WORKERS AT EURO Packaging in Birmingham began a three-day strike on Tuesday this week. This follows their first strike two weeks ago. Workers at the plastic bag factory are demanding a cut in working hours, union recognition, the reinstatement of those unfairly sacked, and the removal of the threat of further redundancies.
In advance of this week's action, Euro Packaging's boss had threatened strikers with dismissal. He had also called them "donkeys" at a staff meeting. This only served to increase their determination.
Almost the entire workforce of over 150 joined the lively picket on Tuesday. They plan to go in very large numbers on the "Save manufacturing industry" demonstration in Birmingham this Saturday (details in "Upcoming events", below).
Peter Ellis from the strikers' GPMU union said, "This strike has been forced on the workers by a management that refuses to negotiate on pay, hours or shift patterns. All they will talk about is redundancies." Respect supporters are continuing their campaign of solidarity with the strike.