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Pfizer

Issue No. 1692

Pfizer

UP TO 250 electricians blocked the entrance to their site this week and caused a five mile tailback. The electricians are working at one of the biggest construction sites in Britain. They are furious that they were sacked last week because they did not see why they should face getting pneumonia at work! The electricians are working for pharmaceutical giant Pfizer in Sandwich, Kent. There was torrential rain on Tuesday of last week and the workers got soaked. They asked management to provide wellington boots and an area for them to dry off and change their clothes. When management refused, the workers voted to go back to their digs to get dry. The workers' shop steward again asked for more facilities the next day and again management refused.

So the electricians refused to work and refused to budge from the works hut. On Friday of last week management sacked them all for taking unofficial strike action. Management refused to back down on Monday so workers began picketing the plant on Tuesday. The mass picket caused such a tailback there was chaos for miles. A mass meeting then resolved to carry on the pickets. A worker involved says, "This is an important battle for us. This is one of the largest contracting sites in the country and we're employed by Balfour Kilpatrick, the biggest electrical contractor in Britain. They will want to selectively re-employ workers, sacking shop stewards and the health and safety rep. We're not going to stand for it."


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Fri 14 Apr 2000, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1692
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