AMICUS UNION members at Raven Manufacturing near Burnley struck over pay for the fourth Monday in a row this week. Their original claim was for 3 percent and a catch-up rise for low paid assembly line workers, with a shift allowance, sick pay and a pension scheme. Striking press and paintline workers are furious about the management's offer of 1.5 percent, putting them on just £5.80 an hour.
'We went to ACAS but didn't get anything,' one picket told Socialist Worker. 'Management then tried to get everyone to sign a letter accepting 1.5 percent. Everyone refused. Half a day later they announced a 5.5 percent rise for the assembly line, but we were only getting 1.5 percent.' The strikes are set to continue.
AROUND 120 Amicus union members crammed into a meeting in London to hear Derek Simpson, general secretary elect of the union, last Saturday. Derek Simpson was the surprise victor against the right wing general secretary Sir Ken Jackson in a result.
The size of the meeting - organised jointly by the left groups in the AEEU and MSF sections of the union - reflects the enthusiasm that ordinary members still feel about the result.