Socialist Worker

Tyneside glass strike won't crack

Issue No. 2411

Workers at Tyneside Safety Glass in Gateshead have entered the second week of their three week long strike against low pay.

The workers are in the Unite union and steward Mark Robertson told Socialist Worker, “It’s still as solid as it was when we walked out.

They decided to strike after rejecting a paltry pay deal.

Bosses offered a three-year deal with a 1 percent increase in the first year and 2 percent in the second and third. 

But this was only if staff agreed to work an extra 50 minutes a week.

Workers originally decided to strike for two weeks. But at a meeting of the strike committee last week they agreed to extend the strike after bosses refused to budge.

Mark added, “The company is refusing our rise, but it gave the top director one that put him onto five times what we are on.”

Make cheques payable to Unite NE/202/68 Tyneside Social Fund. Send to Shirley Foster, Unite the Union, Fry Street, Middlesbrough TS1 1HA

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