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Hundreds of long-service workers strike at Spitfire company over pay

05 Jul 2021
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GKN needs to show the sense of English fair play embodied by the Three Lions and respect the hard-won rights of their workers says GMB Union

Hundreds of long-service workers will go on strike today at a famous spitfire company in a dispute over pay.

More than 200 long-service workers have voted overwhelmingly to strike at GKN Sankey in Telford after months of attacks on their onslaught on redundancy packages and pay.

Our members are proud England fans – but they are ashamed of the way this famous old company is behaving. Workers are taking industrial action today to let the company know they will not tolerate attacks on their pay.

Stuart Harrison, Regional Organiser

Workers on the picket line will be wearing their England football shirts in honour of the Three Lions’ quarter final win over Ukraine on Saturday night.

GKN, a wheel manufacturing company which made RAF Spitfires during World War 2, has repeatedly refused to negotiate with GMB, the recognised trade union.

More strike dates are set to be announced if the dispute isn’t resolved.

Stuart Harrison, Regional Organiser said:

“Our members are proud England fans – but they are ashamed of the way this famous old company is behaving.

“These workers have a combined experience of four thousand years but are having their futures threatened.

“Workers are taking industrial action today to let the company know they will not tolerate attacks on their pay.

"GKN needs to show the sense of English fair play embodied by the Three Lions and respect the hard-won rights of their workers."

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