Some 78 GMB union members at pharmaceuticals company Chemilines have voted unanimously for three days of strike action over pay.
The workers pack, label and dispatch medicines and cosmetics from the company’s site in Wembley, north west London. They rejected an offer of a 1 percent per quarter pay rise tied to productivity strings.
During the strike ballot, management tried to intimidate the mostly Asian and migrant workforce by laying off 25 of the 100 employees on the site.
GMB organiser Tahir Bhatti says the workers will walk out on Tuesday of next week, Monday 22 December and Wednesday 7 January.
They held a mass meeting last Sunday at the Brent Indian Association to decide upon the three strike dates.
“Morale is very high,” Tahir told Socialist Worker. “All the workers have shown their unity. They stand firm for their rights and the respect they deserve.”
Reballots have opened the way to bigger struggle