WORKERS AT Addis in Swansea voted unanimously this week to reject the company’s demand that they take a 5 percent pay cut. Addis, a German-owned firm which makes household goods, tried to do what Peugeot did.
Bosses told the 300 workers in Swansea they should accept a 5 percent pay cut, a loss of five days holidays, changes to sick pay and pension contributions. The company threatened that if workers didn’t accept the new contract ‘there is a danger that Addis will not continue in Swansea’.
But the workers, members of the TGWU union, refused to buckle under this threat. Their message was, we won’t swallow pay cuts and increased working to bail out company bosses. A mass meeting of the 250 permanent workers and 50 temporary staff was due to go ahead on Sunday to discuss what should happen next.
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