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MMP strikers plan London demo

Issue No. 2296

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

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.

MMP workers have kept up solid picket lines 24 hours a day. Workers want to take the fight to MMP’s clients, investors and other sites.

Crucially, workers could take action at the Austrian-based multinational’s other British site in Deeside.

“If we don’t all stand together then they’ll be next,” said John Scully, one of the sacked workers.

A “community picket” has been organised to reach out to the Deeside workers on Saturday of this week from 11.30am until 2pm.

The address is Mayr Melnhof Packaging, Fourth Avenue, Deeside Industrial Park, CH5 2NR.

And workers were set to demonstrate from 12 noon at the Austrian embassy in London on Friday.

Trade unionists should organise delegations to the protests.

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