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Workers strike against closure of North Wales Iceland depot

Issue No. 2010

Flint Iceland workers struck against their depot’s closure on Friday of last week (Pic: T&G Wales)

Flint Iceland workers struck against their depot’s closure on Friday of last week (Pic: T&G Wales)


Around 300 workers at an Iceland supermarket depot in North Wales struck on Friday last week.

They are fighting the closure of their depot in Flint, North Wales. The 115 drivers and 175 warehouse staff are now working to rule.

The action came as Iceland rejected a T&G union proposal to save £2 million in order to keep the plant in Flint open. Iceland is moving the plant just 23 miles to Warrington. This will leave the 300 workers without jobs.

There is a general feeling among the workers that the company is moving simply because they refused to accept attacks on their terms and conditions.

Andy Richards, the T&G regional secretary in Wales, told Socialist Worker, “The company has even refused to agree redundancy terms with us for the people it is throwing out of work. This has led to industrial action.

“Of course as soon as management realised that the strike was going to be solid, they wanted to talk.

“They wanted us to call off the strike to go into talks, but all we’ve had from management so far is flannel.

“They were hoping that they could stall us long enough to get the new plant open.

“But we are going to fight for decent redundancy for our members.

“The picket was really strong. It sent a clear message that we won’t give up without a fight.

“I’ve got a message for Iceland chief executive Malcolm Walker and the company. There is no painless way to attack the T&G and our members.

“If he wants to play hardball by attempting to intimidate our pickets, then we will meet that challenge.”

Talks were continuing as Socialist Worker went to press.


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Sat 22 Jul 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2010
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