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We can win this battle

Issue No. 1740


We can win this battle

By AMANDA RICHARDS, MSF secretary Rolls-Royce Energy Business

WORKERS AT Rolls-Royce in Ansty, near Coventry, are involved in an industrial dispute to fight sweeping job cuts in engineering, and cuts in support jobs involved in research and development of industrial and marine gas turbines. Your publication has recently run articles publicising our fight for retention of jobs, skills and technologies at the Ansty site. Our campaign is ongoing, and industrial sanctions at the Ansty site are still in place.

The picket line for the second of our days of strike action was particularly effective, causing delays to other workers at Ansty reaching their place of work by up to seven hours. Their patience in the traffic queues and on the picket line is testimony to the sympathy they have for our action.

We have not ruled out the possibility of further strike action, and we remain firmly opposed to the use of compulsory redundancy.

Our trade union colleagues on other Rolls-Royce sites are supporting our campaign both financially, and with sanctions and negotiations with their own management. We wish to thank those individual members of the Socialist Workers Party and the Socialist Alliance who have helped in the local Coventry campaign. They have attended our picket line, helped us to collect signatures for our petition, and have collected and donated money to the dispute fund.

They have respected and supported the decisions made by workers in dispute, and their support has complemented the operation of the existing trade union organisation. Thanks to all for your continuing support. We are determined to win this battle! nDonations and letters of support to Amanda Richards, MSF secretary Rolls-Royce Energy Business, c/o Coventry Trade Union Council, Koco Building, Unit 15, Arches Industrial Estate,Coventry CV1 3JQ. Cheques payable to "Ansty Data Fund".

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Sat 24 Mar 2001, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1740
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