United Kingdom - Strike of contract workers at Tata Steel - February 28, 2011

On 14 and 15 February low-wage contract workers employed by OCS Group mounted a two-day strike at Tata Steel in Port Talbot (2,900 employed), in protest to the cleaning and catering multinational’s miserly pay offer. Some 70 members of UK union Community, most taking their first industrial action, blocked two entrances to Tata’s Corus Strip Products mill because a living wage has not been paid them since June 2010. Community calls on OCS to make a pay offer that exceeds the national minimum wage. OCS responded to the strike by bussing in managers and others to perform mill-site services, while unionised steelworkers at Tata were supporting the strike actions by not cooperating with scab cleaners.

English: http://www.icem.org/en/78-ICEM-InBrief/4273-Contract-Workers ...

This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) M.vanKlaveren@uva.nl. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net. © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.


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