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Unite amasses £35m strike fund to support workers during disputes

Unite has set up a strike fund, which has grown to £35 million, to finance industrial disputes.

The union is gearing up for a dispute involving North Sea workers based on Shell platforms.

Workers employed by the Wood Group are being balloted for strikes in a row over pay, with the result due on Wednesday.

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey told the union's policy conference in Brighton: "Our fighting-back culture is entrenched.

"For more than five years, we have never once repudiated our members taking industrial action.

"Although 95% of our time is dealing with and solving problems, on those occasions where our members need to fight, we have established a strike fund which is currently at £35 million to give them support and show employers that our members won't ever be starved back to work."

The conference will today debate the union's opposition to austerity.


From Belfast Telegraph