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Workers plough to victory in Essex

Issue No. 2477

Tractor manufacturing workers in Basildon, Essex, have won a better pay deal by calling to escalate strikes. 

The Unite union members have won 2 percent pay increases in 2015 and 2016.

Bosses at New Holland Agriculture—a profitable subsidiary of car giant Fiat—initially offered just 1.8 percent this year and 1 percent in 2016.

After a series of 24-hour strikes, bosses increased this to 2 percent for 2015 and 1.5 percent for 2016. 

But workers voted to reject this and called their first 36-hour strike.

It was set to start on Thursday of last week but was called off in response to bosses’ new offer.

Workers have also won pay increases for “non-productive” days. These are when bosses send them home on reduced wages. 

This was a major source of bitterness for many workers.

Their win shows that strikes can pay off—and so can refusing to accept inadequate offers.


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Tue 27 Oct 2015, 16:16 GMT
Issue No. 2477
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