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Strike continues at Mackinnon Mills

by Alan Thomson
Issue No. 2023

Workers at Mackinnon Mills continued their strike action with strikes on Tuesday and Thursday of last week.

The workers, members of the Community union, are seeking a pay rise of 2.5 percent.

At the picket line a group of older workers were very angry at the clothing company’s disregard for their loyalty. One worker joined MacKinnon 42 years ago.

“We work hard to get orders out,” another worker said. “People work four nights then Saturday and Sundays too. They need a decent wage. Management don’t want to acknowledge our skills.

“Automation means garments need mending. Yet they pay only £5.69 an hour for invisible menders. They can’t get youngsters to do the job and it’s not surprising.

“The manager is an accountant - what does he know about knitting?”

Bosses have been trying to change terms and conditions too. “The company tried to force us to take one of our weeks annual leave at a time of the company’s choice. But we all refused to sign the new contract,” said one worker.

More strikes were planned for this week.

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Sat 21 Oct 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2023
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