Hundreds of glass workers vote for pay strike

More than 400 staff working for Encirc Limited in Elton Cheshire, which makes glass and bottle products for some of the world’s leading brands, have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action after rejecting a below inflation pay offer by the company.

The Unite members voted by 95% in favour of strike action and 96% for industrial action short of strike.

The first week’s strike will run from 12 to 15 June and then will be followed by three weeks of action. The dates are 19 to 22 June, 26 to 29 June and 3 to 6 July. An overtime ban will be in place throughout this period.

Unite regional officer Andrew Johnson said: “We hope the vote will send a clear message to management that our members will no longer tolerate below inflation pay offers from what is a profitable company.

“We continued to engage with the management team and Acas in the run up to the ballot. However, these talks ended with the company looking to secure a multi-year deal which has been rejected by our member representatives in favour of an enhanced two year deal.

“Meanwhile, we have been liaising with our Unite colleagues at our sister plant in Derrylin with the hope of forming a combine or joint bargaining unit to negotiate a decent pay rise for all our members at both sites.

“This joint approach has increased confidence at both sites and has seen a sharp growth in membership.

“Our members are determined to secure a fair pay increase. The ball is very much in Encirc’s court, or it could have four weeks of strike action on its hands during a busy period for the company.”

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