Socialist Worker


by Mark Black
Issue No. 1824

PRESS AND paintline section strikers at Raven Manufacturing Ltd near Burnley are into their fifth week of selective strike action. Management found excuses to suspend two of the strikers, but this has just made them more determined than ever.

More assembly line workers, union and non-union, have started paying into a weekly levy to support the strike. The strike is for a decent pay rise for engineering workers on only £5.08 an hour. There is a range of other grievances over health and safety, lack of training and having no sick pay scheme.

The bosses have a daily two hour management meeting where they sit round a table with eggs and bacon while the workers are hard at work. But the union members are determined to make the bosses listen. A delegation came to a 250-strong meeting of 'Burnley United Against Racism - Stop the BNP', where they met a number of local trade unionists.

Send messages of support and donations to G Kostilek, 21 Winterton Drive, off Burnley Road, Accrington, BB5 6UE.

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Sat 2 Nov 2002, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1824
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