GMB members working for Ardagh Glass in Doncaster have voted by over 90 per cent to take industrial action after rejecting the company’s pay offer.
The pay offer has been rejected by four company sites at Doncaster, Irvine, Knottingley and Barnsley. Talks with the company are continuing.
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) said Chancellor George Osborne has "pulled out all the stops" with a "wide-ranging package" of measures to support small businesses.
National chairman of the FSB John Walker said, "The housing initiative will help reinvigorate the construction sector in which many of our members operate".
"National Insurance cut goes beyond what we were asking for and we are pleased to see the scrapping of the 3p fuel duty due in September", he added.
- New Employment Allowance will take the first £2,000 off the employer National Insurance bill of every company in the country
- Around 450,000 small businesses - one third of all employers - will pay no employer National Insurance at all after introduction of Employment Allowance in April next year
- Small firms will be given help through Government procurement budgets, growth vouchers and controls on regulators' charges
- The Capital Gains Tax holiday will be extended
- Corporation tax to be reduced by a further 1% to 20% in April 2015
- Small company and main rates of corporation tax merged at 20p
Corporation tax will go down to 20p by 2015 - that will be very welcomed.
It is not entirely unexpected but it will be popular with business. It does not sound like there will be any action on business rates though.
Remember that businesses pay more than twice as much in other taxes than they do in corporation tax.
The problem is that Infrastructure money, childcare support and corporation tax are all measures coming in after 2015. Those clamouring for action now will not be happy.
Bradford is trying to attract businesses north.
A £35m initiative to create up to 2,800 jobs in the city centre was unveiled in the city earlier this month as part of the City Centre Growth Zone plans.
Businesses and developers are heading to London as part of the project. Council leader Coun David Green will welcome guests to the launch and Chief Executive Tony Reeves will outline how Bradford Council and the private sector hope to stimulate growth in the city centre.
Other speakers will be Dalton Phillips, chief executive of Bradford based Morrrison Supermarkets and Peter Miller, Westfield's chief operating officer.