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From The Socialist newspaper, 6 November 2019
Forbo Flooring Derbyshire strike
Forbo Flooring strike November 2019, photo Unite the Union (Click to enlarge)
Ian Hunter, Derby Socialist Party
The strike at Forbo Flooring UK in Ripley Derbyshire has entered its third week. The strike by over 70 production workers follows seven months of fruitless and frustrating negotiations with the Swiss-based company.
The workers rejected a paltry 2.1% pay offer and voted for strike action, which began on 15 October.
The workers are striking every Tuesday and Wednesday which means that production has been reduced by around 40%. The union, Unite, is also concerned about allegations of bullying and harassment by management in the workplace.
Forbo have factories in several countries in Europe as well as in Russia and the USA. The UK factory is profitable (£9 million last year) and there was a further investment in productive capacity of £4.1 million in January of this year.
Support and solidarity on the picket lines has come from Derby Socialist Party, Derby Trade Union Council, Chesterfield Trade Union Council, the National Education Union, and Derby Unite Community branch.
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In The Socialist 6 November 2019:
Whose side are you on? Tories out - Corbyn in with anti-austerity and socialist policies
Tony Blair launches manifesto to sabotage a Corbyn government
Grenfell fire inquiry spin deflects blame from establishment
General election 2019 round-up
30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall: How a mass revolutionary movement for genuine socialism was diverted
Elections, strikes and revolutions: Socialism 2019 - daring to fight
PCS: "Under the right leadership workers are prepared to fight"
Royal Mail strike: "This is going to be the biggest battle we've seen in Britain for a number of years"
McDonald's: 'I'm fighting for £15 an hour now because I have to work from 7am to midnight'
Northern Ireland: Uniting the working class to transcend division
Preparing to shape events internationally
International socialist news and analysis
End repression in Chile - freedom for soldier David Veloso
PCS: Pay, jobs, pensions... Vote for a fighting general secretary
UCU votes for pay and pension strikes
Incompetent bosses use tech to bully us
£1 million cuts plan: Peabody housing workers announce strike ballot
Forbo Flooring Derbyshire strike
West Midlands Trains guards to strike
Double-dealing Hackney council bosses face renewed strike action
Minimum wage debate: what should we be demanding?
TV: Crime and Punishment - this brutal watch is a damning indictment of cuts and capitalism
The Socialist 6 November 2019 |
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