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Locked out Bootle workers call protest in London

by Dave Sewell
Issue No. 2295

Over 80 people rallied in solidarity with 149 locked out workers at Mayr Melnhof Packaging (MMP) in Bootle near Liverpool last night, Thursday.

A delegation of workers from the nearby Vauxhall plant brought a solidarity cheque. Workers from the NUT, UCU and PCS unions came too.

The workers, in the Unite union, have been locked out for over a month. Some 49 were issued with compulsory redundancies last week. The four are appealing the decision.

The MMP workers have kept up solid picket lines 24 hours a day—and their determination to fight has inspired people.

One pensioner brought a donation of £20 and a postal worker who gave £10. Workers have also had support from Liverpool Wavertree’s Labour MP Luciana Berger.

Workers are trying to use this solidarity to take the fight to MMP’s clients, investors and other sites.

And crucially, there is a chance of workers taking action at the Austrian-based multinational’s other British site in Deeside.

“We need to go to the Deeside plant and build solidarity,” said John Scully, one of the four sacked workers. “If we don’t all stand together then they’ll be the next.”

From Saturday of this week workers will hold campaign stalls in the centre of Liverpool to raise further support.

And workers are set to demonstrate at the Austrian embassy in London on Friday of next week.

Trade unionists in London should organise delegations to take their banners to the protest.

See next week’s Socialist Worker for details.

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Fri 23 Mar 2012, 17:00 GMT
Issue No. 2295
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