Time for solidarity

Submitted by AWL on 2 February, 2021 - 5:06 Author: Luke Hardy
Unite strikers at British Steel

A number of disputes are ongoing or brewing involving the big union Unite, and should get solidarity.

Scaffolders at British Steel plant in Scunthorpe employed by contractor Brand Energy struck over pay on 25 January, with six days announced.

The workers are fighting to be paid in line with the National Agreement for the Engineering Construction Industry (NAECI). Their current pay is £2 an hour below NAECI rates.

Unite members at Eddie Stobart Logistics in Warrington have started an overtime ban over the employer reneging on the agreement reached following previous action, a 2020 pay freeze, and refusal to allow Unite to attend meetings relating to pay.

Workers for Babcock Aerospace at RAF Leeming, near Northallerton in North Yorkshire, struck at the end of January and plan more dates in February over a £5,000 pay disparity.

Workers at DHL Supply Chain in Liverpool are planning further strikes over low pay and victimisation of workers.

Go North West Buses in Manchester is trying to force workers to sign new contracts with worse terms and conditions, including sick pay. They are also threatening to use fire and rehire if the workers don’t sign up. Unite is balloting for industrial action.

More than 100 Unite members at glassmaker Pilkington’s sites in St Helens will be balloted for strike action because the company has refused to implement a pay rise agreed with Unite in 2019 and due March 2020.

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