Usually it is history posts but I was passing by and hurriedly snatched some photos of a demonstration outside the Hardy Lane Co-Op store. By the time I returned after completing whatever it was I was doing elsewhere there was all quiet again. No evidence of any demonstration.
So what was it all about? Why were Unite members outside a branch of The Co-operative around midday on a Monday? But then I spotted an A5 small white sheet of paper on the floor. The other side revealed all....
There is a dispute in Bootle. MMP (Mayr-Melnhof Packaging) have locked out and sacked all their workers. Can you believe lock-outs, it's like the 1920's returned..what happened to rights under law?
What does Unite want?
"For the Co-Op to honour its commitments under the ETI Base Code and intervene to ensure that MMP respect the rights of its British workforce and return to the negotiating table in good faith." That's what the leaflet stated.