WORKERS from around the world sent their solidarity today to locked-out workers at a US uranium enrichment plant.
Honeywell closed the gates at its nuclear fuel production facility in Metropolis, Illinois, at midnight on August 1 in a desperate bid to smash the United Steelworkers (USW) union.
Workers won a decent three-year collective agreement in 2011 following a 14-month lockout during which scabs narrowly avoided two tragedies due to mishandling dangerous chemicals
Honeywell was slammed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for allegedly helping blacklegs cheat on tests so they could run the site.
But the firm locked the doors again this month after USW negotiators refused to put to the workers an agreement on slashing pensions and replacing full-time staff with contractors.
“What a message to send to your workforce and local community, that your company would rather risk a nuclear accident than bargain in good faith,” said global union federation IndustriALL general secretary Jyrki Raina.