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Engineering a fight for pay

Issue No. 1821

THE PRESS and Paintline section at Raven Manufacturing on the Altham Industrial Estate near Burnley are striking over pay. The 20 Amicus-AEEU members have been offered only 1.5 percent after a previous 18 month deal of only 2.5 percent. They are on a one-day strike every Monday.

Management wants the pay offer to be self financing by knocking five minutes off every tea break - that's half an hour extra work every week. They are trying to break the strike by using a recruitment agency in Burnley to hire scab labour. Management are also using divide and rule tactics.

Bullying tactics were used to try and intimidate workers into individually signing new contracts accepting the pay offer. But the strikers have had enough and are determined to win.

  • Send messages of support and donations to Raven Manufacturing Strike, c/o Jack Brassington, AEEU Office, Bury New Road, Prestwich, Manchester.

    Brake put on bus workers

    DRIVERS ON Lothian buses voted narrowly to accept a new pay deal last week. With just over 1,000 workers voting, the majority in favour of acceptance was only around 20 votes.

    Many drivers are unhappy at the deal and at being repeatedly led to the brink of taking strike action only to have to accept a compromise. The new deal means 6 percent this year and 4 percent the next with no changes in working conditions. An earlier offer of 13 percent over two years included big changes in working conditions, such as longer hours.

    That deal was thrown out by over 90 percent of the workforce.
    Pete Cannell

    Now they do like Mondays

    WORKERS AT Delta Electrical Systems in Birmingham staged a 24-hour strike on Monday of last week. The strike was in support of a 5 percent pay claim and about 90 employees voted by a 96 percent majority for the action.

    The action is set to continue for the next two Mondays and an overtime ban is now in force.

    Strike gets rise out of bosses

    NEARLY 100 rubber workers, members of the GMB union, at William Freeman Ltd in Barnsley have voted to accept an improved offer from the management after two one-day strikes.

    The workers are on a basic rate of just £4.24 an hour. They voted by a two to one majority to accept an increase of £4 a week and a promise to look at improvements in the bonus scheme. The two one-day strikes were the first in the company's history and shook the management.

    The workforce will be more confident in future to stand together and challenge management decisions.
    Dave Gibson

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    Sat 12 Oct 2002, 00:00 BST
    Issue No. 1821
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