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Somerset workers in strike ballot over ‘paltry’ pay offer, as productivity soars

Production workers at Somerset firm Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Bridgwater, where productivity is said to have ‘gone through the roof’, are being balloted for strike action over a ‘paltry’ pay offer.

Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, said its 65 members were being balloted for strike action from today (Tuesday 9 April) after they rejected a 2.8 per cent pay offer for the year starting January 2019. The ballot closes on Wednesday 24 April.

The company, founded in 1935, makes specialist seals for high pressure engines.

Unite regional officer Tim Morris said: “What we have here is a situation where senior management has openly and frankly admitted that the productivity of the workforce has gone through the roof at the site.

“Yet this highly profitable company has offered a paltry 2.8 per cent pay rise for the current pay year.

“The company has failed to acknowledge the huge increases in housing costs across Somerset have meant an effective fall in earnings for our members.

“This has been compounded by the fact that previous pay increases have also failed to keep pace with inflation and wages have repeatedly fallen behind the ever rising cost of living.

“Our members have said: ‘Enough is enough’ – and we urge the bosses to seal a decent deal before the prospect of strike action becomes a stark reality.” 

There is a total workforce of about 112 at the Dunball Industrial Estate site.

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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

Email: shaun.noble@unitetheunion.org

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

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