A THREAT to jobs provoked an unofficial walkout by some 390 Rolls-Royce workers in Bristol on Thursday of last week. Workers in the combustion section, who are not known for their militancy, downed tools after their management announced 10 percent would lose their jobs in the next four months.
It was a real ‘happy new year and get lost’ to the workers! The walkout was a surprise as this group of workers have ended up going along with many of Rolls-Royce’s initiatives. And what is their reward? Being knifed in the back. The workers had had enough. The bosses threatened compulsory redundancies with more sackings in the pipeline if the company gets away with offloading even more work from this section.
The walkout spread across three shifts and involved members of the Amicus-AEEU and TGWU unions. A meeting between the company and union representatives was due to be held this week. The workers are demanding the company removes the threat to jobs. They want union officials to coordinate a fightback over jobs across the Rolls-Royce site.
Jerry Hicks, Amicus-AEEU deputy chair, confederated site committee.
SOME 200 members of the Amicus union at Jaguar’s Halewood plant in Liverpool will begin balloting for action over higher pay this week. Engineers, admin workers and others want more than the two-year pay deal that management have put on the table.
The pay offer includes the introduction of performance related pay. Dozens of workers attended a mass meeting in Liverpool on Thursday of last week to discuss the issue. Amicus national officials told members the union was keen to see a two-year above-inflation pay deal with no strings attached. The ballot ends on 6 January.
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