Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/26911

Posted on 20 February 2018 at 15:05 GMT

Mears strikers, photo Becci Heagney

Mears strikers, photo Becci Heagney   (Click to enlarge)

After 80 strike days Mears workers achieve victory

Becci Heagney, Manchester Socialist Party

The long-running Mears dispute has ended in victory! Workers voted to accept a deal which means an average pay rise of 22%, and parity of pay across the workforce and in line with others in Manchester.

It also involves the revoking of the 'sackers' charter' Mears was trying to bring in (to attack terms and conditions) and no changes to pensions and holiday pay which had also been planned.

After taking over 80 days of strike action, 180 workers at Mears have been able to go back to work with their heads held high.

One of the Unite stewards at Mears spoke to the Socialist:

"The average operative will receive a 22% pay rise going up to 27,000 and 28,000. Some painters and decorators who were on 19,500 per year are getting a massive 33% pay rise, their money was that low.

"The workers were TUPE transferred from Manchester City Council in 2006 who operated a bonus scheme, so that's why people were on different rates of pay.

"The workers were put on their average bonus before the TUPE and kept on this for nine years.

"The workers were constantly told there was no money in the pot. But just like Carillion, Mears were giving public cash to their shareholders and senior management in massive pay rises, while their workers, suppliers and subcontractors suffered.

"The resolve of the striking workers strengthened during the dispute, especially due to the underhand tactics deployed by the Mears account director and general manager.

"The workers received fantastic support from around the country. They had magnificent support locally from the Socialist media and Fujitsu workers who have their own ongoing battle."

Mears protest, photo B Heagney

Mears protest, photo B Heagney   (Click to enlarge)

This dispute shows, on the one hand, what is necessary in order to win - a programme of strike action coupled with protests and mobilisations, along with other striking workers, to put pressure on the council and management - and on the other hand, that it is possible to win significant pay rises when the workforce is united and prepared to fight.


This version of this article was first posted on the Socialist Party website on 20 February 2018 and may vary slightly from the version subsequently printed in The Socialist.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.






Related links:

Manchester:

triangleRousing, funny take on Marxism - from the man himself

triangleManchester Socialist Party: Who are the "alt-right" and how do we stop them?

triangle#NorthernFail: 250 rail services cancelled

triangleManchester Socialist Party: Trotskyism & the Transitional Programme

triangleManchester Socialist Party: The Windrush scandal

Workers:

triangleGreetings from readers of the Socialist

triangleThe Socialist inbox

triangleYorks NHS workers fight outsourcing

triangleMcStrikers and young workers take centre stage at bakers' union 2018 conference

Strike:

triangleNorthern Rail strike reaches 21 days of action to save guards

triangleIn the words of Amber Rudd, "no one died at Orgreave"

triangleHousing strike against individualised pay enters week two

Pay:

triangleGMB union: NHS reps reject Tory pay offer

triangleDWP surrenders to union pressure - now vote Yes to smash pay cap for everyone

Socialist:

triangleEast London Socialist Party: Is the far right rising?

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

20/6/18

Derby

Rolls-Royce: fight all job cuts!

20/6/18

Grenfell Tower

Grenfell disaster: one year on, still no prosecutions, still no adequate housing..

20/6/18

Tamil Solidarity

Tamil Solidarity Day: intense, lively, thought-provoking

20/6/18

DWP

DWP surrenders to union pressure - now vote Yes to smash pay cap for everyone

20/6/18

Orgreave

Orgreave - no justice, no peace

20/6/18

Knowsley

Knowsley council pushed back on cuts and privatisation

20/6/18

Cuts

Wrenford centre: Stop heartless Tory cuts

20/6/18

Leeds

Leeds: Disability campaigners force council to retreat

20/6/18

Socialist Party

Organisers' school - an opportunity to educate and discuss

20/6/18

National Shop Stewards Network

Unite agrees NSSN affiliation - come to the NSSN conference!

20/6/18

NHS

Yorks NHS workers fight outsourcing

20/6/18

Rail

Northern Rail strike reaches 21 days of action to save guards

20/6/18

BFAWU

McStrikers and young workers take centre stage at bakers' union 2018 conference

20/6/18

GMB

GMB union: NHS reps reject Tory pay offer

20/6/18

The Socialist

How do we produce the Socialist?

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999