The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 17th May 2019

Sticky situation in the West Country

by New Worker correspondent

IN THE West Country 65 workers at Trelleborg Sealing Solutions in Bridgwater are taking strike action for three days later this month and in early June over what Unite the union call a “paltry pay offer”, despite productivity being said to have “gone through the roof”. They will strike for three days over a “paltry” pay offer after talks “hit a brick wall”.

The workers have overwhelmingly rejected a 2.8 per cent pay offer for this year. Telleborg has been making specialist seals for high pressure engines since 1935.

Tim Marshall, Unite’s regional officer, said: “Our members have decided to take three days of strike action over management intransigence in refusing to increase its paltry pay offer.

“Ironically, this dispute is taking place after senior management frankly admitted that workforce productivity has gone through the roof.

“The planned strikes have to be viewed in the context of this highly profitable company failing to take into account the huge increases in housing costs across Somerset.

“This has been compounded by the fact that previous pay increases have also failed to keep pace with inflation and wages have repeatedly fallen behind the ever rising cost of living.”

Hopefully the workers will be able to toast a victory with a glass of cider.