At our Committee meeting in March we voted unanimously to support the CHEP workers in their dispute. Running for over 17 weeks to date, it's the longest in Unite's history. Here is our statement of support which was sent over last week.
CHEP, which is based in Trafford Park, Manchester, repairs and supplies pallets for supporting and transporting goods to a host of prominent companies. The workers have been on strike since December over fair pay - and recently renewed their mandate for strike action into the spring by a majority of 94 per cent.
Chep UK made £70.5 million in profit in 2021. The company would only need to increase its current pay offer by an estimated £67,000 to resolve the dispute.
However 17 weeks of industrial action is creating financial pressures on the industrial action. Three striking workers are on the verge of homelessness. Don't let CHEP starve them back to work. Furthermore trade union struggles for fair pay and against increasing rents, energy and cost of living are interconnected. If CHEP workers win, then tenants also win.
Victory to CHEP workers!
We've sent a donation of £150 to their strike fund. If you'd like to do the same, please send donations to: Unity Bank NW/1 Strike Fund, Account: 20217873, Sort code: 60-83-01 and you can also sign the petition here.