Twelve low paid workers at Wishaw fishing rod manufacturer Diawa Sports, who have been fighting for an above inflation pay rise for the last 10 months, were celebrating today (Wednesday 10 December) having secured a 5.9 per cent pay increase.
The assembly line workers, all women, had previously rejected a pay imposition of 1.5 per cent and undertook strike action to highlight their low pay plight.
The women, a mix of both full-time and part-time workers, are the lowest paid of the 100 strong workforce at Wishaw, receiving a modest hourly rate of £6.82.
Unite regional industrial officer Willie McGonigle said, “Christmas has come early for the hard-working women of Diawa and they can look forward to 2015 knowing that their pay packet will better reflect their efforts.
“It’s been a long, drawn-out process for the workers who have been struggling to make ends meet against the rising cost of living – something that’s impacting far too many workers in Scotland today.
“Quite simply, work has to pay and we are delighted that Diawa management has done the right thing and moved to lift these workers out of the low pay trap.”
For further information please contact Unite regional industrial officer Willie McGonigle on 07810 157912 or Peter Welsh on 07810 157931.