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No silence at the lamb jobs slaughter

Issue No. 2346

Some 300 workers were set to strike on Wednesday and Thursday of this week at the Welsh Country Foods lamb processing factory in Anglesey, north Wales.

Bosses at Vion foods, which owns the plant, are set to close it in two weeks.

It’s the last big abbatoir in the region. Vion sold most of their factories in Britain to the 2 Sisters firm earlier this month.

The workers, in the Unite union, are demanding an extra £500 for their redundancy payments.

This would match the payments that workers at another Vion site in Scotland previously received.

The company has refused.

Brewery workers organise

Brewery workers at the multinational Molson Coors in Burton-on-Trent voted to strike at a 400-strong meeting last Thursday.

Management want to slash the pay of 184 technicians £9,000. The pay cuts also affect another 41 workers.

Employers have proposed radical new shifts which will mean that workers will be on call with 23 hours notice for 335 days in the year, with no additional pay.

Unite regional organiser Rick Coyle said, “If Molson Coors impose this proposal we will have all 455 workers on our picket line”

Over 70 workers attended a meeting to discuss the proposals on Monday evening.

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Thu 28 Mar 2013, 13:04 GMT
Issue No. 2346
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