Over 60 members of the Unite union working for the high end chainsaw and lawnmower maker, Husqvarna are beginning a continuous work to rule and overtime ban today (Thursday 19 January) in a dispute over pay.
The workers based in Newton Aycliffe in County Durham, making Flymos and robotic lawnmowers, are angry over the firm’s refusal to improve on a pay offer of 2.3 per cent, plus a one off payment of £300.
Husqvarna’s refusal comes after a record year in production and sales for the company and amid continued high demand for the company’s outdoor power products.
Commenting Unite regional officer Mark Sanderson said: “In the past, our members have endured pay freezes and low pay rises on the understanding of better pay rises when the company is doing well.
“It has been the commitment of Unite members and their attention to detail and flexibility which has powered the company to a record year and secured its reputation for producing fantastic quality products.
“This reputation risks being unpicked because of management’s refusal to share the rewards of success and its use of inexperienced office staff to work over the weekend, who, we understand, are being asked to work on machines with minimal training.
“This may result in errors and a reduction in the superiority of the product. I urge local management to come to the negotiation table with a view to improving the offer, rather than risk damaging Husqvarna’s reputation for great quality which our very experienced members have worked so hard over many years to create.”
For further information please contact the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065.
Notes to editors
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.