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Dura workers strike for decent redundancy pay

by Tim Evans and Socialist Worker
Issue No. 2015

On the picket lline (Pic: Tim Evans)

On the picket lline (Pic: Tim Evans)

About 270 car workers at Dura Automotive Systems in Llanelli, South Wales, are on indefinite strike to get decent redundancy money when they lose their jobs.

Picketing has been lively with around 100 involved at times.

'They could afford to pay us tomorrow, but that would be setting a precedent for the other European factories,' said Wesley Holloway, Amicus staff rep on the picket line. People who have worked here for over 30 years, like shop steward Phil Hiorns, stand to get as little as £6,000.

'It's disgusting the way we've been treated,' says Mandy, another picket.  'We've been a loyal workforce but they're not loyal to us. We're fighting for our dignity'.

Gillian agrees - 'Enough is enough. They've pushed us into this. It's time to stand up and fight'.

Public support has been brilliant, and will need to be turned into solidarity as the strike continues. 

Dura, which produces car cable control systems, is due to close at the end of the year.

The company is a giant US-based multinational, which boasts that it is the  world’s largest independent designer and manufacturer of driver control systems, and a leading global supplier of seating control systems, engineered assemblies, structural door modules and integrated glass systems for the global automotive industry.

Its worldwide linkages mean that action such as an occupation could hit Dura hard.

It had global sales of $2.5 billion last year and supplies all the top car firms. Its main customers are Ford and GM, but also Daimler Chrysler, VW and BMW. It has another British plant in Birmingham.

Dura is headed by Lawrence Denton, on a basic salary of $800,000 a year.

Send donations and messages of support to: Mike Jenkins (Jinx), Amicus Convenor, 7 St James’s Crescent, Uplands, Swansea,  SA1 6DZ. 

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Sat 26 Aug 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2015
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