WORKERS FROM the Amicus-AEEU press and paintline section at Raven Manufacturing on Altham Industrial Estate near Burnley remain defiant as they enter their eighth week of strike action. They are fighting for a 3 percent pay claim.
The workforce have had five years of bad deals, no sick pay and poor holiday entitlements. Raven has a lucrative deal making satellite dishes for Sky but, as steward Gerry Kostillek says, 'Now we have got over the rainbow, management have stolen the pot of gold - we feel we are being left behind. As for morale and trust in Raven management, that is now zero.'
Union recognition was only achieved a year ago after a brave battle which saw some activists made redundant. It is a credit to those who remained that they are showing the same courage. Pickets were joined last Monday by Burnley Amicus-AEEU members who brought placards and their union banner in solidarity with the strikers. More shows of solidarity like this will boost the strikers.
Send messages of support and donations to Raven Fighting Fund, c/o 21 Winterley Drive, Huncoat, Accrington BB5 6UE.