Unite members working at First Hydro in North Wales have today (9 December) voted overwhelmingly to support industrial action. After months of negotiations and many failed attempts to resolve the issue, Unite members have been balloted on whether to support industrial action. In the ballot 97 per cent of members voted in favour of strike action and 98.6 per cent voted in favour of action short of a strike.

Responding to the ballot result, Daryl Williams, Unite regional officer said: “This ballot result clearly shows that our members' patience with their employer has completely run out. First Hydro must now recognise the seriousness of the situation and negotiate a fair pay settlement. If this doesn’t materialise soon we will be announcing dates for industrial action.

"The company has so far failed to recognise that our members are determined to reach a fair pay settlement. The management approach to 2019 pay talks is turning into an industrial relations disaster that can only deepen if our members are forced to take action.

"First Hydro can afford to offer a fair deal. The company is doing well financially and has recently received millions of pounds in capacity market payments.

  • "The company is also making investments for the future but Unite will not accept that the investment should happen at our members' expense through below inflation pay offers."

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