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Ikea US staff declare union vote victory

TT/The Local/pvs · 28 Jul 2011, 08:48

Published: 28 Jul 2011 08:48 GMT+02:00

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"A major victory," the Swedish union declared.

"I am very happy, primarily for the workers at the Swedwood factory in Danville. This has been long struggle," said Per-Olof Sjöö, chairperson of GS, which organises workers at Swedwood.

The union has for several years been claiming that they have a majority of the workers behind them, but in the US more than half after needed for employees to gain the right to unionise.

The vote late on Wednesday saw some 77 percent of the around 300 staff at the factory in Danville, Virginia to vote for unionisation.

"The management has to understand that the serious issues at Swedwood have to be solved and we want to help them with that," said Bill Street at the Machinists Union to the Swedish local Smålandsposten daily.

Street has previously accused Ikea for management the plant as if it was a factory in a developing country, with low wages, poor working environment and irregular working hours.

Street was happy after the vote last night.

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"I am more than satisfied," he said.

The issue has attracted a great deal of attention in the US media and Jon Stewart's Daily Show had its own take on the controversy in late June.

TT/The Local/pvs (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

15:49 July 28, 2011 by millionmileman
Interesting at a time in US history that Union recalcitrance has lead to bitterness and strife nationwide, we now see another unionization that will lead to their leadership line their pockets with nothing gained for the employees.
21:10 July 28, 2011 by Grokh
Unions are a good thing to defend workers rights thats why they exist.

they are only a problem when they are as corrupt and greedy as the corporations they run against.
22:31 July 28, 2011 by canuk
in further news, ikea head office decides to close the Swedwood factory in Danville.
00:55 July 29, 2011 by elain88
Union needs money to maintenance daily operation, without money from both sides, they don't care about you even they know very well the employees are always in weak position.

Money talks.
14:25 July 29, 2011 by rohermoker
It always amaizes me that companies will state that thet are aginst unions because the union will only exxist to take money from the employees. It is much like a WWII propaganda film I saw stating that the Germans were in Norway only to protect its nutrality from the British invaders.
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