Sign this petition and tell Akzonobel to make workers a decent pay offer, stop escalating tensions, remove obstructive fencing and treat staff properly!
Workers at Akzonobel/International Paint have been on strike since 27 July and just announced further strike action to 21 September
Workers have not had a pay rise for years and cannot afford to accept the current pay offer.
With inflation still rising every month and people struggling to cope with the cost of living crisis, it is simply not enough and does not allow them to continue to heat their homes, feed their families and fuel their cars for their commute to work.
Instead of meeting with unions and listening to its workers the employer has escalated tensions by putting up barriers with 6 foot fences to stop the picketers standing outside the building.
Rather than refusing to meet & trying to intimidate employees in this way, they need to make a vastly improved 2 year deal & pay workers properly.
To: Olimpio Duarte Salgueiro, Director of AkzoNobel/International Paint
From: Kate Osborne
I am emailing to express my disappointment at how you are treating your employees.
Workers at Akzonobel/International Paint have had no option but to take strike action against you as their employer as they have not had a pay rise for years and cannot afford to accept the current pay offer.
With inflation rising every month and people struggling to cope with the cost of living crisis, the pay offer on the table is simply not enough for them to pay their food and energy bills.
Instead of meeting with unions and listening to its workers, it seems you have escalated tensions by putting up barriers with 6 foot fences to stop your employees standing outside the building on the picket.
Rather than refusing to meet unions & treating your employees this way, your workers need you to make a vastly improved 2 year deal.
We agree with Kate Osborne MP who has written to you saying that she “strongly urge yourselves at International Paint Limited (Akzo Nobel) to return to the negotiating table with a vastly improved two-year deal that will focus on giving employees the wage that they deserve. The financial and emotional toll of taking strike action on your employees is significant and can have longer term impacts on employee and employer relationships.”
Please stop treating your workers this way, meet with their GMB and Unite the Union representatives and find a way to resolve this dispute.