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Trailer workers

Issue No. 1861

IF YOU work for Ifor Williams trailers in Wales, there are a number of things you can expect. There is pressure from management, long hours and compulsory overtime, the threat of the sack if you are six minutes late, and much more. That's why in the quiet Welsh village of Cynwyd, nestling in the Llangollen hills, 80 workers joined a picket line on a one-day strike on Friday of last week.

'The Dickensian attitude by management has to be seen to be believed,' said Charlie Leonard, an official from the workers' GMB union. The workers plan more strikes over their pay and conditions next month. Ifor Williams is a specialist trailer manufacturer that employs hundreds of workers. It made £8.6 million profit last year.

'If the country knew of half the things that went on here it would make News at Ten,' said one worker. 'We're human beings, you know, not animals.'

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Sat 26 Jul 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1861
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