By Isabel Ringrose
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Chep UK workers keep up fight while Wincanton B&Q strikers win pay deal

The strikers in Wincanton have given a lesson to the whole union movement that striking is the way to win

Chep UK workers on the pickets

Chep UK workers in Manchester are continuing their strike for a pay rise. Workers have set up marquees on the pickets for shelter in their determined fight against bosses.

“No amount of bad weather will deter them,” Unite North West tweeted. Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said, “Chep UK’s ability to make a fair pay rise is not in doubt. This is purely an attack on the union because the company’s real fear is for our members to finally have a voice in their workplace, which has for too long been missing.”

The strikers are being re-balloted for strikes, but will continue to stay out and demand a fair pay rise.

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Strikes win a new offer

Unite union members at Wincanton B&Q in Worksop are currently balloting on an offer of a 6.7 percent rise on the base rate, plus extra payments. 

It is backdated to July 2021. The union has won that all strikers will receive the increase for the weeks they were on strike. 

Pat McGrath the union branch secretary said, “We will be back into talks before July. The members have been magnificent through the dispute and we are a stronger organisation now. Pickets will stay in place until the ballot result is known.”

A packed branch meeting, of over 300 strikers met on Saturday and re-elected the branch officers unanimously. The strikers have given a lesson to the whole union movement that striking is the way to win. 

Jeannie Robinson

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