'Shafted By AEI'
It feels like we're back in the 80's or worse, with increasing unemployment and a feeling of hopelessness for the future. In the North East, more than 25% of households have no-one in paid employment. This project is a reflection of my time spent with 'Shafted By AEI', a group formed by the 126 workers unfairly dismissed from a cable factory in Gateshead. The majority are men, many of whom worked for the company for 30 to 40 years from leaving school. To pull the job they've done for most of their lives from under their feet, without giving them notice or redundancy pay, was devastating. Together, as 'Shafted by AEI', the workers fight for compensation.
Claire Cooper • Yvonne Davies • Amanda Hannen • Donna Lisa Healy • Yuk Lee • Walter Lewis •