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Johnson Matthey chemical workers to work-to-rule in di...

Johnson Matthey chemical workers to work-to-rule in dispute over imposed changes to working conditions

04 October 2016

Unite members working for Johnson Matthey in Clitheroe, Lancashire, an international leading speciality chemicals company, are to take industrial action in a dispute over imposed changes to their terms and conditions of employment.

About 150 workers, including manual workers, chemical process workers, maintenance engineers and office workers, voted for industrial action which consists of a work-to-rule and a complete overtime ban. Industrial action will begin at 00:01 on Monday 10 October.

The dispute centres on their annual pay award and the imposition of changes to workers’ terms and conditions from 1 January 2017. The company is proposing to increase the working week from 36 hours to 37.5 hours without remuneration and is seeking ‘handover’ time at the end of every shift to be done in the workers’ own time, again without remuneration.

Unite is calling for Johnson Matthey management to engage in urgent and constructive talks to resolve the dispute.

Commenting Unite regional officer Pat Coyne said: “Nobody here wants to take industrial action, but it means that our members will be expected to work longer with no extra pay. 

“Unite will not accept changes to workers’ terms and conditions being imposed without proper consultation and negotiation. 

“Our members will start a work-to-rule on Monday 10 October. However, there is still time for Johnson Matthey to think again and get back round the table with us so we can find a solution to resolve this dispute.”

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Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite regional officer Pat Coyne on 07568 106243 and/or Unite communications officer Karen Viquerat on 0151 559 2003 or 07768 931316. Email: karen.viquerat@unitetheunion.org 

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