Steel worker speaks out
'Don't let Corus roll all over us'
STEEL COMPANY Corus is pushing ahead with plans to axe 6,000 jobs. The company has rejected an alternative put forward by the workers' ISTC union, even though it conceded some redundancies and pay cuts. The ISTC is now under pressure from workers to start a strike ballot.
Gareth Finch, a steel worker in Llanwern, told Socialist Worker, "I think there is a bit of feeling for strike action in Llanwern. I think we still have a bit of punch. The company has got to make steel, and orders would be affected. I could be one of those who loses their job as I'm over 50. I've been there 34 years. I work with a lot of youngsters-they've got families and mortgages. They can't plan for the future. They've got their backs to the wall. They've done everything the company asked. I've never known management to treat a workforce like this. The way they've gone about it is disgusting. Quite a lot of people feel strike action is the only answer. Why sit back and let them roll all over us? My only concern is it has to be a national strike. A strike is our only weapon. The management and government think those days are gone-they want to be woken up a bit."