Tipton workers in McLaren, Aston Martin and Bentley supply chain using foodbanks
- Friday 15 July 2022
CabAuto workers building interiors for luxury cars renew strikes
More than 100 West Midlands workers, paid just £9.90 an hour, will stage two weeks of strike action in July over a three per cent pay offer. The fresh industrial action follows on from seven days of strikes in June and at the beginning of this month. This is a significant real terms pay cut when prices are soaring and RPI inflation is running at 11.7 per cent.
CabAuto’s owner, the Adler Pelzer Group, made profits of £118 million (€137.6 million) in 2020. Meanwhile, some CabAuto workers are so poorly rewarded that they have been forced to use food banks.
Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Well, here we have a story about modern Britain. CabAuto pays its workers poverty wages, although it’s part of an empire that makes more than £100 million in profits.
“The superrich are buying McLarens, Aston Martins or Bentleys, at a quarter of a million a time, fitted out by workers on £9.90 an hour, using food banks to make ends meet. It’s like Charles Dickens meets the 21st century.
“Cab Auto and Adler Pelzer should be ashamed of themselves. Unite will back these workers for as long as it takes to ensure they receive a fair pay rise.”
The first week of fresh strike action will begin on Monday 18 July and end on Friday 22 July. The second will begin on Monday 25 July and end on Friday 29 July. More strikes will be scheduled if the dispute is not resolved.
Unite regional officer Jason Richards said: “The strikes can stop but that requires CabAuto to negotiate in good faith and put forward an offer our members can accept.”
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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Sharon Graham.