On Friday March 16th, 49 workers were issued with their redundancy notices and earlier in the week four workers were sacked at a disciplinary meeting where all the rules of natural justice were flouted by management.
Workers now fear the Austrian multi-national company will close the site or attempt to re-open as a finishing site for the products they produce for food industry giants such as Kelloggs, a process that will
require less skilled agency workers with few rights.
The dispute is a further example of how the employers are determined to use the world economic crisis - and which here in Britain the coalition government is adding to through its massive cuts programme and a failure to plan for growth - to push down wages permanently.
Workers are looking for support and messages of solidarity can be sent to MMPCanPayWontPay@unitetheunion.org
Speakers for union branch meetings can be arranged by contacting Phil Potter - a great bloke who i met
yesterday - on 07970 375382.
Despite nothing moving in or our of the factory the workers have maintained a 24/7 picket line since they were locked out - the photograph below does not do it justice as it was taken when 40 were meeting with Unite assistant general secretary Tony Burke on Sunday March 18th.