Fiat is halted
OVER 1,000 workers at the Fiat New Holland tractor plants at Basildon and Thurrock in Essex were on strike for 24 hours on Monday. Another strike was scheduled for Wednesday of this week.
In a series of ballots workers have voted by more than 90 percent to reject a pay offer of just over 3 percent. The proposed deal involves four hours of compulsory overtime a week, compulsory bank holiday working when required, and an increase in temporary staff.
One of the pickets explained that the dispute had been brewing for some time. "They promised us parity with Ford workers when Fiat took us over seven years ago. But we now get �60 a week less than Ford workers. The Socialist Alliance prospective parliamentary candidate for Basildon is firefighter Dick Duane. He visited the picket line with a solidarity message and spoke about the challenge to New Labour. Dick was warmly received.