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Workers’ steely determination for a pay rise

by Yunus Bakhsh
Issue No. 2349

Around 200 workers in the GMB and Unite unions struck for two days at the Union Electric (Davy Roll) factory in Gateshead last week. After five years without a pay rise in a profitable company shop floor 

workers struck when management made a derisory offer combined with attacks on terms and conditions. 

Despite offering admin workers 4.5 percent on their salaries, management only offered shop floor workers 3.5 percent on their basic pay. Basic pay only makes up two thirds of their take home pay. In addition management have imposed fixed holidays and a new contract. 

The mood on the picket line was one of anger and determination. The strike was solid on both days and more action will take place said the stewards unless the management improve their offer.


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Tue 16 Apr 2013, 19:00 BST
Issue No. 2349
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