The first of two 48 hour strikes at Prysmian Cables & Systems in Eastleigh, Hampshire will go ahead tomorrow (Wednesday 31 October) in the dispute over a ‘paltry’ below inflation pay offer.

However, talks between Unite the union and the management, under the auspices of the conciliation service, Acas, are in the offing for later this week.

Unite regional coordinating officer Debbie Watson said: “The first of two 48 hour strikes at the Chickenhall Lane site will begin at 00.01 tomorrow (Wednesday 31 October), however talks with the management, under the Acas umbrella, look likely later this week.

“The strike is going ahead as we were unable to get a firm offer of talks from the management in time to suspend the industrial action.

“The company finally contacted Acas yesterday (Monday 29 October) and we are now waiting for Acas to give us a date for talks.

“It’s a shame the company didn't do this last week, as we have been standing by since then in the hope that the management will sit down and negotiate constructively over the paltry pay offer – and this now looks like it is going to happen.”

The second 48 hour stoppage is still scheduled for 7/8 November. They are on top of the five days of strike action already taken since 26 September.

Unite, which has 162 members at the company, said the workers had rejected a two per cent pay offer for the year starting January 2018 – when the retail price index (RPI) is currently running at 3.3 per cent.

Members voted by 83 per cent for strike action and by 96 per cent for industrial action, short of strike action.

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Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Unite press office is on: 020 3371 2065

  • Unite represents workers in Britain and Ireland with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.