Unite members working at First Hydro have voted 9-1 in favour of moving to an Industrial Action ballot. The ballot result was declared on Friday 4th October. The dispute is in relation to pay, negotiations and the involvement of ACAS have failed to reach an agreement. 

Daryl Williams, Unite Regional Officer said: 

“Unite members have voted overwhelmingly to protect the link between RPI and pay settlements at First Hydro. Despite talks over many months, including a recent failed attempt to resolve the issue with ACAS, our members patience has run out. 

Given the ballot result, it is time for the company to recognise that the issue is not going to go away quietly and that our members are determined to achieve a fair pay settlement. The Company is in sound financial shape and making big investments for the future but this will not happen at our members expense with below inflation pay offers. 

If First Hydro want to avoid strike action it needs to recognise the legitimate demand from our members.”


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