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Strike hits Initial Textile Services

Issue No. 1966

Low paid workers in Bradford working at Initial Textile Services, part of the Rentokil group, struck on Thursday of last week.

The laundry has contracts to clean the overalls of the workers at Walkers Crisps, Medimmune and all the bed linen for Ramada Jarvis Hotels.

Many of the laundry workers earn between £5 and £5.30 per hour. 

One of the picketing strikers told Socialist Worker, “There are about 70 of us on strike, although we have no real history of militancy. For years we’ve accepted rises lower than inflation and it’s not good enough.

“There were pickets out from early morning and in general it has been well supported. The only people scabbing are those who management have bribed with cash that is way over their normal wage.”

Earlier this month the workers voted 75 percent in favour of a strike.

GMB union organiser Rachel Dix said, “These workers feel they now have no alternative but to take industrial action. They can no longer accept further cuts to their living standards. 

“The company has made an offer well below the current rate of inflation. This is especially unacceptable when our members read reports in the press of Rentokil giving £500,000 handshakes and £800,000 a year company appointments at the top. Enough is enough.”

Further action is under discussion.

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Sat 3 Sep 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1966
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