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Issue No. 1899

HUNDREDS OF Hoover workers at the electrical goods factory in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, struck on Wednesday of last week over pay. The 24-hour stoppage by members of the Amicus union hit production of washing machines and tumble driers.

Around 60 workers formed picket lines from early in the morning. Hoover bosses want to freeze pay this year. The only way to get a pay rise would be to get bonuses based on profits. The pay freeze comes on top of two years where workers saw no rise in take-home pay because an increase in pension contributions swallowed up what was supposed to be a "rise".

Assembly line worker Louise Bowen said, "We can't achieve the bonus. Parts regularly don't come in on time but it's all blamed on us that we don't achieve our numbers." More action is planned as well as a strike ballot by GMB members at the plant.

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Sat 1 May 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1899
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