Workers at a fork lift truck engineering company in Bolton are on strike today (Monday 8 January) in protest over a paltry pay offer which amounts to a real terms pay cut.

82 per cent of workers at GNB Industrial Power who took part in the ballot, voted in favour of industrial action. The workforce is furious that the company which increased its profits to over £3 million has offered workers a pay deal worth just 1.5 per cent when inflation (retail price index) is more than double at 3.9 per cent. 

The workers have called an overtime ban and a series of 24 hour and 48 hour strikes through January, February and the beginning of March.  

Unite regional officer Ross Quinn said:  “It is totally unacceptable for a company that is making profits to offer its loyal workforce a pay deal which amounts to a cut in real terms. To make matters worse the company’s approach to negotiations has been very poor – it even offered to improve the deal only to then cancel the meeting at the last minute.  

“The company’s approach has left workers furious and determined to secure a fair pay increase that recognises their contribution to the company’s success. We urge management to return to the negotiating table or face months of industrial action.” 

Unite is a union that campaigns for and delivers better pay and conditions for its members. Unite is winning at work based on three core values. Secure Work: fighting for jobs and job security; Strong Voice: a union which is a respected voice at work; and Decent Pay: a union focused on pay and conditions. 


For more information contact Ciaran Naidoo 07768 931 315 

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.