Gaymer cider staff accept pay rise after company dispute

Workers at Gaymer cider company in Shepton Mallet have accepted what they call a 'no-strings' payrise.

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Cider staff claim 'victory' in pay dispute

Workers at the Gaymer Cider Company in Shepton Mallett say they are celebrating after agreeing a 'no-strings' pay increase.

Staff had been offered a 3% pay rise on the condition that they then accepted a pay freeze in the subsequent year.

More than 100 production workers at the site in Kilver Street took part in industrial action. They say they have now accepted a 3% rise 'without any strings attached'.

The threat of industrial action forced the company to put the three per cent offer back on the table and also to withdraw any pre-conditions about future negotiations over pay. It has been a victory for worker solidarity.

The company now wants to start negotiations about changes in production and working patterns.

The union goes into these negotiations with our heads held high – and we wish to engage in these talks in a constructive and positive manner.

– Hugh Kirkbride, Unite Regional Officer

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