One hundred and eighty fitters at Marshall Aerospace, Cambridge, struck for 24 hours over pay on Tuesday of last week.
There were large numbers of workers picketing both entrances to the plant. Skilled workers were on strike, but a lot of support was received from other workers when leaflets asking for solidarity were given out at the gates.
In the 2003-4 pay negotiations management agreed to add fitter grading to the package. But six months later the Amicus union discovered this measure had been dropped.
On the picket line workers were angry at how Marshall’s management is claiming it has no money, but could afford to give bosses a 12.6 percent pay increase in 2003. Although only a section of the workforce is involved, a victory would set the foundations for better pay for all grades and sections.
This was the first strike at Marshall Aerospace for 25 years. There were union banners and delegations from local union branches, including a fire engine from the FBU union. As a result of the strike management has agreed to re-enter negotiations.