WORKERS AT Long Products in Rye, Sussex, held a lively picket last week in response to the company sacking six workers who tried to form a union. Over 50 percent of the workforce joined the TGWU union in just two days and should have received automatic recognition under the new union rights laws. Instead the company laid off five workers and sacked union spokesperson Mark Weller.
One worker still employed said, "They have reduced teams from four to three to push us all harder. When we questioned this we were told that if we didn't like it we could join them on the gate." Another said, "Since this happened we are being treated like robots." Protests will continue.