Win! Glass workers call off strike after pay victory

Workers at glass manufacturer Encirc Limited in Elton Cheshire have hailed victory in a dispute over pay. 

Unite’s 475 members voted by 78% to accept the new two-year pay deal and, as a result, the four week strike action due to begin today will not go ahead.

The deal gives workers a pay boost of 3.1% from January 2019, and a pay increase from January 2020 in line with the consumer price index (CPI) rate as of September 2019, plus a 1% AVC pension contribution match and a 5%  bonus consolidated into basic pay for year two.

Unite regional officer Andrew Johnson said: “After intense negotiations, facilitated by the conciliation service Acas, we were able to put a new and improved offer to our members which they voted to accept.

“This is a resounding win for our members at the Elton site. 

“I would like to pay tribute to the solidarity our members and reps have shown throughout this dispute, without which we would not have achieved this pay victory.

“The strike action due to start today is now cancelled and we wish to work constructively with the company going forward.”

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