Hundreds to strike at spitfire manufacturer GKN Sankey over pay dispute

23 Jun 2021
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Workers with combined 4,000 years of experience to walk out following assault on redundancy payments

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

The wheel manufacturing company - which made RAF Spitfires during World War 2 - has repeatedly refused to negotiate with their recognised trade union, GMB.

The strike will begin on Monday July 5, with more dates to be announced.

Stuart Harrison, Regional Organiser said:

“This ballot result sends a clear message to the company: GMB members won’t tolerate your heartless behaviour. 

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

“GKN Sankey must commit to protecting the hard-won rights of their workers and start showing them the respect they deserve.”

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