Workers at the Ardagh Glass sites in Yorkshire have voted overwhelmingly to accept an improved pay offer. The pay deal means six per cent over two years, an improvement on the 5.5 per cent deal previously on the table which had been rejected by the workforce.
Unite, the country’s largest union, said that members at Barnsley, Doncaster and Knottingley had voted by 80 per cent to accept the offer.
The improved offer is 2.75 per cent from 1 February this year to 1 August when a further 0.25 per cent will be paid until 31 January 2014. All pay will be backdated. There is a three per cent offer for the pay year, starting on 1 February 2014.
Unite deputy regional secretary for Yorkshire Tas Sangha said: “Unite and the GMB union worked very hard to get this improved offer from the company. We recommended that our members accepted it – and we are pleased that they have now voted overwhelmingly to do so._
Glass workers in Yorkshire have suspended strike action due to start today as they consider a new 5.5% two year pay deal. Workers at Ardagh Glass sites in Barnsley, Doncaster and Knottingley were due to walk out today in a dispute over pay.
The talks concluded in the early hours of this morning and the improved pay offer and the review of ‘committed’ working will now be put to a ballot of our members. While our members consider the company’s offer, the series of strikes that were scheduled to start today and due to run until 9 September are suspended. Unite would like to thank Acas and its personnel for their hard work in helping to broker this package overnight.”
– Tas Sangha, Unite deputy regional secretary for Yorkshire
Yorkshire ambulance workers have voted to hold a one day strike on Tuesday 2nd April. Members of the Unite union will work out because of a dispute over cost cutting measures which could see assistants with only six weeks training brought in to work with paramedics.
Union members also voted in favour of implementing a continuous overtime ban from 26th March.
Unite calls for the management to open constructive negotiations in the run-up to 2 April. This is a final window of opportunity for the trust to resolve this situation for the benefit of the Yorkshire public. The management has been trying to silence Unite after it raised legitimate concerns over patient safety that could flow from the shake-up of ambulance services in the next five years.
Now our members have voted for strike action on 2 April and for a continuous overtime ban from 26 March. It shows the depth of concern that our members feel about patient safety because of the £46 million of savings that managers want to implement. The hardline management has responded by derecognising Unite and twice rejecting our attempts to take this dispute to Acas and to discuss the implications of industrial action.”