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Day workers join strike

August 2, 2005

Day workers join strike

The day shift at the world's largest manufacturer of tungsten carbide-tipped circular saw blades, Irwin Industrial Tools in Wellsford, has just voted to join a strike over pay.

The nightshift walked out at 3am today in anger over what is effectively a 2.5 per cent pay offer.

About 70 members of the day shift met this morning to discuss the situation, and voted to join the one-day strike. The afternoon shift will meet at 3pm.

Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union national secretary Andrew Little said that the workers were seeking a five per cent pay rise, and were extremely disappointed with the company’s offer.

“The company says it’s offering a four per cent rise this year, with another three per cent next year, but the offer comes with the proviso that the workers give up a lot of allowances,” he said.

“In effect, the offer is for 2.5 per cent.”

Irwin Industrial Tools (formerly Izard Irwin) is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-technology tools.

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