Following talks at Acas over the summer, aimed at resolving the industrial dispute between Valspar and Unite members at the Deeside site, an improved offer from the Company has been accepted by margin of 3-1 in a Unite members' ballot.

The dispute centred around pay and working hours and disparity between other terms and conditions.

The improved offer from Valspar gives the workforce:

  • An increase of 3.5 per cent on basic pay and shift allowance with effect from 1 April 2019
  • Pay parity (levelled up) for all employees who work in the same roles in the same teams
  • An increase of 24 hours annual leave per year for some employees to ensure parity across the site
  • A settlement payment of up to £4,920 (net of tax) for the longest serving employees
  • Introduction of average holiday pay from the 1 October 2019
  • A jointly agreed working practices document which provides clarity for Union members on pay and working hours.

Daryl Williams, Unite regional officer, said: “I would like to pay tribute to our members' patience and determination to get a fair settlement. Supported by the shop stewards, their solidarity and willingness to take action in support of their historic grievances has led to an and improved offer and agreement with Valspar. It also helps to bring much needed clarity about pay and hours worked in the future.”

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Notes to editors:

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