Wildcat in Falkirk

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Mike Harman
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Aug 9 2008 11:21
Wildcat in Falkirk

Seems to be the week for it:

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FIVE hundred workers at a Camelon firm have staged a walkout.
The unofficial action at Alexander Dennis is a response to talks surrounding absence levels at the coachbuilders.

The workers walked out at the Glasgow Road site today, reportedly against the wishes of their union representatives.

Bill Simpson, the company's corporate affairs director, said: "It's an unofficial walkout which comes in the midst of discussions over levels of absenteeism in our Falkirk factory.

"From a management point of view, the absence levels have been totally unacceptable.

"We have worked hard to resuscitate this business in the last four years and we are going to do all we can to protect our business and our customers.

"We expect the workers back on Monday and talks will continue."

Pat Raffery, Unite senor organiser, said he would be attending an emergency meeting with the employers later today.

http://www.falkirkherald.co.uk/news/500-workers-walk-out-at.4372254.jp

late
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Aug 11 2008 10:06

Completely biased report with no mention of why there has been absenteeism and no research into whether they have actually increased or not. Lazy reporting, probably a summary of a press release they have received from the management.

Mike Harman
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Aug 11 2008 10:13

late - that pretty much describes every mainstream media report about every strike ever wink

late
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Aug 11 2008 10:23

smile

true,

press officers write most of the content of newpapers rather than the journalists who put their name to the story, but why doesn't the Union send a press release as well, although perhaps it was ignored.

Mike Harman
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Aug 11 2008 11:25

late - the unions by law have to condemn all wildcat strikes - it's very likely they were a part of the talks about absence which prompted the wildcat too.

late
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Aug 11 2008 12:58

it would be impossible for you to not use press releases anyway because of your deadlines and the way that newspapers are organised

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Aug 13 2008 22:41

One in London too: http://libcom.org/news/wildcat-strike-haringey-council-13082008