Bridge of Allan plastics workers secure new pay deal

Bridge of Allan plastics workers secure new pay deal

16 September 2016

Workers at a Stirling plastics factory have called off potential industrial action after securing a new pay deal.

Some 97 per cent of members of the Unite trade union at United Closures & Plastics (UCP) in Bridge of Allan had previously rejected a pay rise that would have barely seen their wages keeping pace with the minimum wage.

Now the workers have secured a two-year pay deal, with a rise of two per cent above inflation backdated to January 2016. They will also receive a one-off payment of £150 for agreeing to move their pay anniversary from January until April, and an extra day’s holiday.

The workers will also get average earnings for holiday pay for holidays taken from January 2016. Average earnings will be paid on P60 earnings from the tax year 2015/16 plus current year’s pay rise. Holidays taken from April 2017 will be based on prior year’s P60 earnings plus the current year’s pay rise.

Unite regional officer Tony Trench said: “Our members at UCP are part of a skilled, experienced workforce that is working hard and helping the company make good profits. All they ever wanted was fair pay that recognised that.

“They have stood strong and united and have now  secured themselves a better pay deal that will carry them into March 2018. 

“The union would like to congratulate our members and our workplace representatives on their patience, resilience and determination.”


For further information, or to an arrange an interview, contact Unite Scotland media officer David Eyre on 07960 451631. Email