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Votes for industrial action at Doncaster factory

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.

"This is an extremely strong mandate from GMB members and sends a very clear message to the company that they will not accept inadequate pay offers and a drop in their living standards.

"GMB members have made sacrifices to assist the company in difficult times and deserve a fair share and reward in successful years. They have played an integral role in delivering huge pre-tax profits of £65 million for Ardagh Glass UK.

"This is an overwhelming result and I would urge the company to accept the GMB's offer to reopen discussions without any pre-conditions and enter into meaningful negotiations to resolve this dispute."

– Bob McNeill, GMB Organiser

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Reminder to register to vote

People living in Leeds are being reminded to respond to their register of electors form

The deadline to respond is Friday 17 August.

It is a legal requirement to ensure that people's names are on the electoral register in time to vote in the Police and Crime Commissioner elections in November.

The canvass is happening earlier this year due to the elections on 15 November. Households are encouraged to respond quickly so they don’t lose their right to vote.We have tried to make it as easy as possible for people to respond to us by making use of modern communication methods. It helps us tremendously in cutting down on costs if people can respond via text or online if their details are unchanged and makes the process quicker and easier for everyone.

– Susanna Benton, electoral services manager, Leeds City Council

BAE workers in vote

by Matt Price

BAE workers at Warton in Lancashire are to vote today on a union plan to save jobs. Staff are being balloted on taking one day of unpaid leave a month. It comes following news of jobs losses at the plant in East Yorkshire. Our colleagues at ITV Granada are following this. Read more here.

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