Over 200 workers at International Paper in Inverurie, near Aberdeen, were due to take two days strike action this week in their continuing battle with management over pay.
The company proposed a pay freeze for 2006, and a small one-off payment in 2007.
Workers at the paper mill have been contributing 3 percent of their weekly earnings for two consecutive years now in order to fill a gap in the company’s pension scheme.
The workers, members of the Amicus union, struck on Thursday of last week.
Union members on one shift stopped work two hours early, mounting picket lines that remained in place until 8pm. Colleagues on the scheduled 6pm shift refused to cross.
According to mill shop steward Andy Hurley, the workers organised a procession. “Car horns blared, and the drivers were cheered as they passed through fellow workers who had gathered outside the plant waving Amicus banners,” he said.
“We underlined the strength of feeling on the issue, and that the workforce themselves have taken the lead.
“The issues here have been raised by employees, and they are determined they must be tackled.”
According to Andy, in the past week a further 30 employees had joined the union and a further ten are about to join.
Messages of support to International Paper workers, c/o Amicus. 83 Crown Street, Aberdeen, AB11 6EX.