Workers at Liverpool metal treatment factory strike ag...

Workers at Liverpool metal treatment factory strike again to win pay rise

11 September 2013

Workers at King & Fowler in Liverpool will be taking further strike action tomorrow (Thursday 12 September) in a dispute over pay.

Over 40 Unite members at the company, which is a global supplier to the aerospace industry, will commence strike action at 23:00 on Thursday 12 September until 07:00 on Monday 16 September. This is the fourth stoppage at the factory. An overtime ban started on Friday 23 August.

Unite, the union representing the workers, wants to secure a fair pay rise for its members who have had no pay rise since 2008. The company has refused to negotiate a fair pay deal for its workforce who earn just above the minimum wage of £6.19.

Unite urges King & Fowler management to return to the negotiating table.

Unite regional officer, Donna Davies said: “Our members have been left with no alternative, but to strike to win a pay rise.

“Many are struggling to live on their current wage. Inflation has gone up since 2008 and their wages have not. All they want is a living wage and to be recognised for their skills and commitment to the company.

“There is still time to resolve this dispute – we are urging King Fowler's management to come to the table and make our members a fair and decent pay rise that reflects their hard work.”

Councillor Steve Munby, local ward councillor and a member of the city council’s cabinet, said: “As a local councillor and member of Unite I am proud to be showing our support for fellow union members fighting for a living wage. In the week that the Trades Union Congress held its annual conference it is right for labour councillors to be showing that the link between Labour and the trade unions is alive and well.

“When the chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne claims that the economic crisis is over, this dispute shows that millions of people in Britain are struggling to get by. It is an outrage that in the 21st century, under this government, food banks have made a comeback and that working families are forced to rely on them. The fight for a living wage is at the heart of what Labour and the trade unions are about. I ask fellow trade unionists and party members to support our colleagues at King & Fowler.”

A picket line will be in place from 07:00 until 15:00 on Friday 13 September outside King & Fowler, Brunswick Business Park, Harrison Way, Liverpool, L3 4BG.


For further information please contact Donna Davies on 07740 174 393 or Unite communications officer Karen Viquerat on 07768 931 316.

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.