SIXTEEN maintenance engineers, members of the Amicus union, at the Metzeler company in Coalville, Leicestershire, are striking every Monday for a 73p an hour pay rise. This Monday was their third strike, and the workers are also implementing an overtime ban.
The firm makes door seals for major car makers, including Saab, Nissan and Land Rover. The engineers rejected a pay offer of 2 percent with a one-off payment of £300. Around 500 production workers in the TGWU union narrowly voted to accept a similar offer.
The engineers want their pay rate increased from £8.27 an hour to £9 an hour, with 50p of that increase being for last year and the rest for this year. 'We are determined to win what we feel we deserve. We are doing extra work and we should get a proper pay rise,' one worker told Socialist Worker.