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Engineering workers at a West Yorkshire factory launch strike over pay

ENGINEERING workers at a West Yorkshire factory launched strike action over pay today.

The skilled workers, employed by Japanese-owned Denso Marston at the Shipley factory, near Bradford, manufactures air conditioning systems for motor vehicles. 

More than 150 workers walked out for 24 hours on Tuesday and are set to strike again tomorrow.

GMB organiser Ben Kirkham told the Morning Star: “The site employs 600 workers but only a skeleton crew has gone in, which is a good thing to hear. 

“We put in a claim for 12 per cent with every intention of stopping the race to the bottom which has been going on here year after year. 

“Denso really needs to listen to these workers. The company is making millions.” 

He said the company had proposed an increase of 8 per cent, but that the lowest-paid workers in the factory were being given only 4 per cent. 

Mr Kirkham said the strikers had been overwhelmed by the level of support in the local community. 

“A petition in the community supporting us got 4,300 signatures,” he said. “We’ll be presenting it to management.”

Denso Marston was contacted for comment.

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