Workers at Gloucester’s Hurricane Road GE Aviation factory are striking every Friday until their call for a fair wage is honoured.
The workers have rejected a two year pay offer worth just 4.5 per cent which, with the actual level of inflation (retail price index) standing at 8.2 per cent, amounts to a real-terms pay cut.
Dowty Propellers’ products are used in both civilian and military aircraft as well as marine hovercraft. The strike action, which began on 4 March, has already caused considerable disruption to the production and the delivery of its products.
Unite regional officer Matt Allen noted, “The strike action is already severely affecting the company’s orders and delays will only get worse. This dispute is entirely of GE’s own making – it can afford to make a fair pay offer but has chosen not to do so.”
This round of strike action will continue until Friday 20 May.
We in the Communist Party of Britain pledge our solidarity!