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Ayrshire workers set to strike this week

Category: Scotland Business News — Paul Morgan on August 6, 2013

Employees at a glass manufacturer in Ayrshire are set to strike over pay, after union members voted to take action.

Workers in England will also walk out, after union calls for talks with Ardagh Glass failed.

The action will see a string of strikes start on Friday August 9th will and affect shifts through until September 9th. The specific shifts to be affected have yet to be confirmed.

The move has come after a number of members of the GMB and Unite unions voted for action. As well as affecting the Irvine plant, workers in Doncaster, Knottingley and Barnsley will also walk out.

Unite has called on management figures to enter into talks prior to the action starting, with Tas Sangha, deputy regional secretary, saying:

“Our dispute centres on the wage award for 2013.

“Our claim is for more than the current retail price index rate, which rose to 3.3% in June.”

Since the downturn, many Scottish firms have struggled to meet payroll. For many, this has largely been as a result of unpaid invoices. This growing trend in Scotland, and throughout the UK, has seen average payment terms lengthen. Affecting cashflow, this has put firms, both large and small, under stress. Many have tackled the issue head on though, implementing such facilities as invoice factoring and invoice discounting.

With many factoring companies in Scotland eager to support firms, growth, as well as sustainability, has also been possible.

However, Unite insists that Ardagh Glass is not in trouble financially. Employing more than 1,300 members of staff across its sites, the union says the company is highly profitable.

'Disclaimer: The information contained in these articles is of a general nature and no assurance of accuracy can be given. It is not a substitute for specific professional advice in your own circumstances. No action should be taken without consulting the detailed legislation or seeking professional advice. Therefore no responsibility for loss occasioned by any person acting or refraining from action as a consequence of the material can be accepted by the authors or the firm.

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