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Trade unionists demand Australian company takes responsibility for ongoing strike at British subsidiary

TRADE UNION activists gathered outside the headquarters of Australian-owned Brambles today to call on the company to take responsibility for ending the ongoing strike at its subsidiary Chep UK.

Unite’s members at the pallet supplier at Trafford Park in Manchester have been on strike for five months and, having now rejected the company’s latest pay offer, could be on strike into the summer.

The union said that it is time for Brambles to intervene and insist its subsidiary “gets its act together.”

Chep UK management has made “a complete mess” of its pay negotiations with the workers in Trafford Park, according to the union.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Our members are steadfast in their determination to secure decent pay.

“They can see the company can afford to pay a fair wage. Chep UK has dragged its heels – so its parent company must now step in.”

Unite regional officer Ian McCluskey said: “Workers are now going to be balloted for a third time.

“Brambles need tell the management at Chep UK to get their act together.

“Activists will be making it clear that this failure is now also the responsibility of Brambles.”

Brambles was approached for comment.

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