500 strikers hit the streets
PICKETS WERE out in force again this week at all five gates of the Willerby Holiday Homes caravan factory in Hull. Some 250 pickets, members of the UCATT building union, are active and successfully turning most deliveries away. On Friday all 500 strikers marched to a mass strike meeting in Hull down the busy Hedon Road, defying police attempts to control them. "The march gave the strike and us pickets a real boost," said one picket.
The caravan workers' stand has given workers at another Hull factory-Idel Standard-the confidence to go for a strike ballot over new "flexible" contracts. These will mean 20 percent wage cuts for several hundred workers.
Willerby management are still refusing to talk to the union, and insist on dealing only with solicitors for UCATT. They have also stopped the check-off scheme of paying union subs. But the strikers are determined. They know other caravan firms are watching this dispute carefully.
"Ours is a bigger strike than just at Willerby. It's for all the local lads building caravans," said a Hedon Road picket.
- ROGER SMITH