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Workers at Elton glass manufacturer hail two-year pay victory and call off strikes

Workers at glass manufacturer Encirc Limited in Elton Cheshire have hailed victory in a dispute over pay.

Unite’s 475 members voted by 78 per cent to accept the new two-year pay deal and, as a result, the four week strike action due to begin tomorrow (Wednesday 12 June) will not go ahead.

The deal gives workers a pay boost of 3.1 per cent from January 2019, and a pay increase from January 2020 in line with the consumer price index (CPI) as of September 2019, plus a 1.0 per cent AVC pension contribution match and a 5.0 per cent bonus consolidated into basic pay for year two.

Unite regional officer Andrew Johnson said: “After intense negotiations, facilitated by the conciliation service Acas, we were able to put a new and improved offer to our members which they voted to accept.

“This is a resounding win for our members at the Elton site.

“I would like to pay tribute to the solidarity our members and reps have shown throughout this dispute, without which we would not have achieved this pay victory.

“The strike action due to start tomorrow (Wednesday 12 June) is now cancelled and we wish to work constructively with the company going forward.”

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For more information please contact Andrew Johnson on 07736 643 427 and/or Unite communications officer Karen Viquerat on 0151 559 2004 or 07768 931 316. Unite press office is on 020 3371 2065.

Notes to editors:

  • 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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