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Ayrshire glass workers’ strike plans broken by pay deal

Category: Scotland Business News — Paul Morgan on August 16, 2013

Planned strike action by workers at an Ayrshire glass manufacturer has been called off, after a new pay offer was issued by the firm.

The employees of Ardagh Glass were set to withdraw labour following a vote by members of the Unite and GMB unions. Plants in Irvine, along with those in Barnsley, Doncaster and Knottingly in England, were set to be affected.

However, following a new offer of 5.5 percent, union members are set to be polled again. The new deal was put to workers on Monday this week.

The offer comes after calls for talks were heeded.

The firm’s management, representatives from both unions, and representatives from Acas agreed the deal in talks which ended late last Friday.

The terms of the new offer will see workers have an incremental three percent increase in their basic pay between February of next year and January 2014. A further increase of 2.5 percent will be paid from February 2014 to January 2015.

Whilst many firms in Scotland have had to stop staff wage increases since the downturn, the action being taken by Ardagh Glass was ruled as unfair by the unions.

Firms struggling have maintained payroll by working with Scottish factoring companies. However, when calling the strike action, the unions said that Ardagh Glass was highly profitable, and cited no cash flow issues to account for the freeze in pay.

The polling of union members is due to end on September 2, when a final decision over whether employees of the firm, of which there are 1,300, will recommit to strike action.

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