Impact: unions say Cammell ran short of gas even on day 1 of strike as lorries turned back

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A Unite picketer and a lorry attempting to enter

Unite and GMB members have been picketing the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead since Monday as part of rolling strike action in response to the company’s plan to impose almost three hundred redundancies not long after winning a new £619 million project.

That action appears to have had almost immediate effect.

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A banner and placards at the shipyard picket

Union representatives told the SKWAWKBOX that several delivery lorries turned away on Monday, including deliveries of gas – and that by mid-afternoon the shipyard was short of gas and management was trying to shuffle resources to cope.

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Striking workers explaining the situation to a driver

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Workers and supporters in solidarity at the shipyard this morning

Further lorries turned back yesterday and picketing workers have praised drivers who refused to cross the line in spite of pressure from employers.

Cammell Laird was contacted yesterday morning for comment on the situation, but had not responded by the time of publication.

SKWAWKBOX comment:

The impact of the action shows the importance and effectiveness of solidarity and collective action. Credit to those drivers who have refused to cross a picket line as worker try to defend their livelihood and the economic health of their area.

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