WORKERS IN the Amicus-AEEU union working at the press and paintline section members at Raven Manufacturing near Burnley have now entered their ninth week of selective strike action for a 3 percent pay claim.
Members of Burnley Trades Council came down to support the picket line this week, and the strikers have received further donations from factories in Burnley including a £200 donation from workers at Futabo Tenneco and £100 from workers at TRW.
Management finally turned up at a meeting with ACAS last week but are adamant that there is nothing on the table. However, the strikers are as determined as ever. Support the picket lines every Monday morning.
Not the drive of their lives
SOME 4,500 Peugeot workers are set to reject an offer the company claim is worth 7.2 percent over two years. The offer is for 3 percent plus £10 per month in the first year and the rate of inflation or 2.75 percent plus £10 a month in year two.
But Peugeot wants a 1 percent increase in employee pension contributions. A further 1 percent will be eaten up by the rise in national insurance contributions in April.
As one TGWU steward said, 'The offer is an insult and is worth less than a packet of fags a week after tax.' A consultative ballot will take place this week and a strike ballot is due to be held in early December.
Loading up for a better deal
TGWU UNION members held a one-day strike at the P&O depot at Widnes on Monday of this week. Warehouse workers, gas packers and drivers are angry that an agreed pay deal of 2.5 percent has been scuppered by P&O head office.
A driver told Socialist Worker, 'We shouldn't be on strike because our union agreed the deal this May. Suddenly the tables are turned on us. Management are being unreasonable and we'll keep striking until they come back with a decent offer.' More one-day strikes are set to follow.
Strike take-off delayed
STRIKES involving 4,000 workers at seven airports have been suspended. Union leaders called off the strikes after BAA management offered an improved 7 percent deal over two years. Crisis talks were taking place at the TGWU head offices to reinstate the mandate for strike action as Socialist Worker went to press.
Lay delegates are meeting with the general secretary with a view to forcefully impressing upon him the importance of the strike going ahead. Workers will be balloted over the next four weeks. If they reject the deal a strike will take place on Monday 23 December.