|“We’ll be out as long as it takes”, was the strident attitude of Liebherr strikers. The Unite the Union and GMB members on the picket line told NSSN North East supporters that they are striking for a decent pay increase. Liebbherr’s offer of 3% was rejected by a decisive 94%.
Liebherr is a global company, and the site in Sunderland is profitable. They assemble high quality cranes for the oil and maritime industries. Globally, turnover was almost 10 billion Euros for 2017. Yet, management, “aren’t forthcoming” when it comes to offering a decent pay increase.
For a number of years the company has made promises to pay more when the company does better. As their leaflet says: “The members expect the management to make good on its previous ‘jam tomorrow’ promises.”
The mood on the picket line is upbeat. The only ones going into the plant are temps and apprentices. While I was there a lorry making a delivery was turned away, and many others have also refused to cross the picket line.
Future strikes dates are: 23/24, 28/30 August and 3/4, 6/7, 10/11, 13/14 September
Send messages of support to Unite Regional Officer Mark Sanderson email@example.com and donations c/o Unite the union, John Dobson Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8TW