Unions have negotiated an inflation beating pay deal for over 400 drivers employed by BOC, a major provider of industrial, medical and special gases.

The workforce voted to accept a 6.7 per cent pay deal over two years. A 3.5 per cent increase to basic pay and allowances backdated to 7 June 2018, followed by a 3.2 per cent increase to basic pay and allowances to take effect from 17 June 2019.

Earlier this year workers voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action after pay talks stalled, but unions and management negotiated a pay increase without strike action ever taking place.

In the UK BOC produces atmospheric gases and has sites across Britain and Northern Ireland including; Merseyside, Port Talbot, Belfast, Motherwell and Southampton.

Unite national officer Tony Devlin said: “By sticking together drivers secured an inflation beating pay increase.

“At a time when pay across the economy has stalled or is growing at a snail’s pace it’s worth being part of a union that is prepared to fight for a fair wage so workers can keep up with the rising cost of living.”


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.

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  • 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.