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Indesit striker: ‘We are a force to be reckoned with’

by Dave Gibson and Tony Harper
Issue No. 2469

Barnsley strikers picket

Barnsley strikers picket (Pic: George Arthur)


Over 200 drivers, drivers’ mates and warehouse workers employed at 12 Indesit depots struck for two days last week. Indesit manufactures and distributes domestic appliances.

Workers also struck on Tuesday of this week and have been working to rule, which has played havoc with delivery schedules.  

The Unite union members demand a substantial pay rise after years of below-inflation rises. 

An offer of 1.5 percent has been overwhelmingly rejected. Indesit bosses’ pay has increased by 22 percent.

Up to 20 strikers joined the picket at the Barnsley depot. At Northamptonshire there were 40 pickets.

A Barnsley striker told Socialist Worker, “This has been a long time coming. We’ve been fobbed off for years. By striking together nationally we have shown we are a force to be reckoned with.”

A picket at the Manchester depot said, “1.5 percent is effectively a pay cut. Enough is enough, it’s time to make a stand.”


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Tue 1 Sep 2015, 17:31 BST
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