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Issue No. 1994

Some 400 workers at International Paper in Inverurie, Scotland, struck on Thursday of last week in their dispute over pay.

The workers, members of the Amicus union, struck against management attempts to impose a pay freeze this year and receive a small, one-off payment in 2007.

Talks broke down between management and the Amicus trade union.

Amicus branch assistant Willie Wallace said, “Unless there is some change we will need more action.

“Management has put forward the same deal that was on the table and rejected by members.

“There is no more money on the table and that is simply unacceptable. We are back where we started.

“There has to be an increase in the hourly rate if there is to be any chance of reaching an agreement.”

Workers at the Inverurie paper mill have been contributing 3 percent of their weekly earnings for two consecutive years in order to try to fill a gap in the company’s pension scheme.

The workers are now discussing their next action.

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Sat 1 Apr 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1994
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