The strike at Fox’s Biscuits in Batley, west Yorkshire by engineering workers today and on Thursday has been suspended for a vote on a new pay offer to take place, Unite, the country’s largest union, said today (Tuesday 21 April).
The 42 engineers were due to have staged stoppages for six hours from 04.00-10.00 today and on Thursday over the pay issue, but these have been suspended for the pay vote.
The engineers at the Wellington Street site were angry at the original one per cent offer for the year, starting on 1 August 2014, with a further two per cent from 1 August this year. Now a new offer, based on a one year deal, has been made.
Unite regional officer Sarah Mitchell said: “The six hour stoppages due today and on Thursday have been suspended for our members to vote on a further offer from the company. Unite won’t be commenting further until this vote has taken place.”
The engineers voted by 65 per cent in favour of strike action.
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For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble in the Unite press office on 020 3371 2061 or 07768 693940.
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.