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From The Socialist newspaper, 22 April 2015
On the picket, Kone Engineers strike, 20.4.15 (Click to enlarge)
Across the country around 300 engineering service workers, employed by the lift firm Kone, are holding regular Monday strikes. The dispute is about Kone's intention to use unreliable "spy in the cab" tracking devices.
The Unite rep from Gateshead's Team Valley Trading Estate explained that at the company's request Unite met with Acas negotiators on 16 April in central London for mediation. However, there was nothing forthcoming from the talks.
He said: "We were prepared to talk through the night, with no time constraint imposed by Unite." However, there was disappointment as Kone brought nothing new to the table and left without a resolution.
Strikers were clearly disappointed that the company walked away from the negotiations, given that Kone approached Acas in the first place. When Kone left the talks it didn't even have the courtesy to tell Unite. Acas had to let the union know they'd gone.
Talking to the strikers at Gateshead's Kone factory unit, it was clear that the company's action has galvanised the mood on the picket line, and strikers are reviewing how to proceed.
The other main Kone sites are at: Chertsey, Glasgow, Keighley and Warrington.
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In The Socialist 22 April 2015:
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Stop NHS cuts!
Election: Distorted effect of anger against austerity
Labour is facing electoral oblivion in Scotland
Fleeing refugees drown in 'Mediterranean cemetery'
Beyond the Pale - capitalism and the environment
Tories reassure tax avoiders
Them & Us
30 years ago: 250,000 school students walked out.
TUSC's election broadcast - "at last - a left wing alternative"
TUSC v broadcasters and banksters
York Central: 'A breath of fresh air'
Standing up for workers in Derby South
Election appeal update
Socialist Party workplace news
Pay issues dominate at Unison Health conference
CWU conference: We need a fighting trade union
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Fast food workers hungry for justice
Housing crisis: We demand rent controls!
NUS women's conference
Dallas dreams or fracking nightmare?
Janner scandal: ruling class closes ranks
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