Workers at Colloids Limited, a global manufacturing company of plastic concentrates (masterbatch) for use in industries such as automotive, aerospace and construction, in Kirkby Liverpool are taking strike action next week in a row over the sacking of a colleague.

The action comes after the dismissal of Unite union representative George Gore who was unfairly dismissed on Friday 8 February for an alleged breach of health and safety.

The 36 process operator workers, members of Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, will take part in continuous strike action commencing at 07:01 on Monday 20 May.

Unite regional officer Patrick Coyne said: “In an amazing show of solidarity all of our members at Colloids in Kirby will take part in strike action on Monday, demanding the immediate reinstatement of their colleague, George Gore.

Our members are unhappy that George has been singled out. We are urging Colloids management to work with Unite in adopting a consistent health and safety policy that applies to all, not just our shop stewards.

“Union reps play a vital role in standing up and defending their members – we will not allow Colloids to get away with victimising union activists in this way.

“This union and its reps have worked tirelessly to try and get this dispute resolved. However, the company has failed to listen.

“Unite calls on Colloids' management to take immediate action to resolve the dispute, otherwise strike action is on the cards. Unite remains available for talks.”

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Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Patrick Coyne on 07568 106 243 and/or Unite communications officer Karen Viquerat on 0151 559 2004 or 07768 931 316. Unite press office is on 020 3371 2065. Email: karen.viquerat@unitetheunion.org

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.