Workers at Chester glass manufacturers, Encirc Glass, are going on a 48-hour strike over pay from tomorrow (Thursday 30 June).
Over 300 employees, members of Unite, the country’s largest union, at Encirc Glass, Ash Road, Elton, Chester CH2 4LF will strike from 06.45 tomorrow until 06.45 on Saturday (2 July).
Workers at the company have rejected a two-year pay deal based on a two per cent pay rise in year one, and a conversion of bonus pay into basic pay in year two. This means there would be no pay award for year two, and the company is insistent in retaining at least a 10 per cent bonus for all employees.
Unite regional officer, Alison Spencer-Scragg said: “It is disappointing that we are at this stage, but Encirc Glass does not seem to appreciate how divisive the bonus scheme is for our members.
“Workers are concerned at the way bonus payments are being used to prop up low salaries. Historically, this has been an issue for staff at the site as in a recent survey employees have expressed a dissatisfaction rate of over 70 per cent regarding the bonus scheme.
“We have made an offer to the director to sit down with the team of Unite representatives to understand how his employees feel, but so far this has not been taken up.
“As always, we remain available for talks with the company to resolve the dispute.”
Notes to editors:
Encirc Glass manufactures glass for Heineken and Diageo.
For more information please contact Alison Spencer-Scragg on 07717 787358 or Unite communications officer Karen Viquerat on 0151 559 2003 or 07768 931 316m or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.