WORKERS AT West Ferry printers in east London were in a confident mood this week after winning a 2 percent pay increase. The giant plant prints a large section of Britain's national newspapers, including the Guardian, Observer, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, Financial Times, Express and more.
Workers, members of the GPMU and Amicus-AEEU unions, voted for strike action in response to management's initial demands for a pay freeze and compulsory redundancies.
This was the first strike vote at a major newspaper printing plant since the defeat of the print unions at nearby Wapping in the mid-1980s. 'People are really pleased, really up,' one West Ferry worker told Socialist Worker.
'It's not just the money. It's the first time for 15 years management have been forced to listen to us, and everyone knows it was our strike vote that forced them to back off.'