Pilkington: workers protest at lay-offs at Spanish plant

The works committee at Pilkington Automotive in Sagunto (eastern Spain) has decided on wide ranging actions to prevent the 192 redundancies announced by the company. Workers on the morning and afterno…

The works committee at Pilkington Automotive in Sagunto (eastern Spain) has decided on wide ranging actions to prevent the 192 redundancies announced by the company. Workers on the morning and afternoon shifts agreed in separate assemblies to undertake various measures to protest against the proposed lay-offs by the UK-based, Japanese-owned company. Workers plan to set up camp in the car park at the plant from the week of 23 March 2009 and will carry out stoppages in the week from 30 March to 3 April 2009, although the precise schedule for the strikes remained in doubt. Negotiations between the two sides have made little progress; the meeting on 12 March 2009 lasted just 10 minutes and the only action was to sign the minutes. As of 14 March 2009, workers at the Pilkington plant were still unaware of the names on the list submitted to the Employment Office. For this reason, “we are all affected”, lamented the president of the works committee, Rubn Lpez.