Unite members working at First Hydro in North Wales will be sent industrial action ballot papers tomorrow (Friday 22 November) over an ongoing pay dispute with the company. After months of negotiations and a failed attempt to resolve this issue with Acas, Unite members will now be given the option whether or not to take strike action. The results will be declared on Monday 9 December at which time Unite Wales will provide further updates.

Daryl Williams, Unite regional officer, said: “If First Hydro wants to avoid strike action it needs to recognise the legitimate demand from our members to reach a fair pay settlement. This ballot is a clear sign that our members' patience with the company has run out. The company has failed to respond to the warning that our members are serious about this issue in the earlier 9-1 vote to move to an industrial action ballot.

"The company is clearly doing well financially by making investments for the future, but we will not allow this to happen at our members' expense with below inflation pay offers.

"Our members deserve better than a cynical attempt by First Hydro to break the link between historic pay settlements and RPI. Unite and our members strongly believe the offer represents the thin end of a very long wedge.

"We would like to take this opportunity to invite First Hydro to reconsider its position and return to the negotiating table so that we can reach fair deal if the company is serious about wanting to avoid industrial action.”


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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.