Workers have now been locked out of the Mayr Melnhof Packaging (MMP) factory in Bootle, Merseyside, for over three weeks now.
They have been picketing the factory 24 hours a day to prevent management from moving out valuable stock.
The workers, members of the Unite union, have been reaching out for solidarity to workers in other sites—including internationally.
There have been stoppages at MMP factories in Tunisia and Chile, and protests outside MMP’s corporate headquarters in Vienna, Austria.
Bosses issued redundancy notices to 49 workers, including two union stewards, on Friday of last week.
“We had a meeting in the pub next to the picket line today,” one striker told Socialist Worker.
“It was absolutely jam packed. The sense of solidarity has stayed absolutely solid. All 49 [who face redundancy] intend to appeal. No one wants to take the money and run.”
Meanwhile more than 200 workers have also been locked out by Tulip Foods in nearby Birkenhead. The company announced the factory’s closure just 38 days after buying it.
A victory for the MMP workers in Bootle would set an important precedent for all those facing redundancies and management attacks.
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