Strikes at County Durham car storage plants will disrupt automakers including VW, Toyota and Renault
Wage strikes at two County Durham car bearing manufacturers will disrupt supply chains for automakers including VW, Toyota and Renault, the Unite union has warned.
NSK Bearings and AKS Precision Ball in Peterlee will begin strikes on March 23, with the possibility that the industrial action will intensify if no new bid is presented.
Around 200 workers, including all workers at the two factories, both owned by NSK Europe, will go on strike every Wednesday and Saturday for the next six weeks over an “insulting” wage offer of 1.6%.
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Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “This insulting wage offer has left these workers no choice but to go on strike. Unite is here to defend and improve the jobs, wages and working conditions of our members and NSK Europe staff in Peterlee will have the union’s full support in their fight for a decent pay rise.”
According to its latest financial report, for the year ended 31st March 2021, NSK Europe achieved a gross profit of more than £80 million.
Unite Regional Officer Nick Dalton said: “NSK Europe brings in incredible amounts of money, but our members’ salaries have been eroded for years.
“They have had enough and are determined to strike until NSK makes an acceptable wage offer. The longer this goes on, the more intense these strikes will become and the more disruption will be inflicted on NSK’s customers, including VW, Toyota and Renault.”