Talks will be held on Wednesday (8 July) in the dispute which workers at windscreen makers Pilkington in Birmingham are being paid £3,000 less a year than employees at a site five miles away.
More than 130 workers at Pilkington Automotive Ltd in King’s Norton have suspended strike action over pay inequality which sees workers at the Pilkington site in Redditch receive £3,000-a-year more in their pay packets. However, the continuous overtime ban will continue.
The suspension is to enable talks to take place between Unite, the country’s largest union, and Pilkington management under the auspices of the conciliation service, Acas in Birmingham on Wednesday. Further talks on Monday, 13 July are scheduled, if necessary.
Unite regional officer Brian Rickers said: “Unite has suspended the strike action so that talks at Acas can proceed on Wednesday. We will be entering these negotiations in a positive frame of mind.”
The strike action is over a two per cent pay offer which would have further cemented the pay disparity between the two sites.
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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.