Glass workers accept improved pay offer

Ardagh plant in Barnsley Credit: ITV Yorkshire

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._