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Escalating walkouts gets more out of Kone bosses

Issue No. 2456

Engineering maintenance workers at door and lift firm Kone ended a strike on Monday of this week with a new agreement with management. 

The Unite union members had walked out last week on what was to have been a two-week strike.

Kone worker Mick Joyce told Socialist Worker, “The deal is a big shift from the company. I can’t quite call it a victory, but it’s a good outcome.”

The dispute centred on a system for monitoring workers’ activity.

Unite had wanted to limit its use to monitoring health and safety, rather than timesheet checking and monitoring workers’ performance.

Mick said, “The way it was first produced to us was totally unacceptable, and workers rejected it by 97 percent in a consultative ballot. 

“We now have a framework that protects our members against potential abuse of the system by managers and possible victimisation.”

Mick said, “We hadn’t had a dispute in 20 years, and we started with a succession of one and two day strikes. 

“But we didn’t feel that was enough so we escalated to two weeks—and sure enough that was a catalyst for resolving the dispute.”

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Tue 2 Jun 2015, 15:45 BST
Issue No. 2456
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