Workers at a Leeds printing plate firm are going on a 48-hour strike over a ‘paltry’ pay offer from Sunday morning (20 September).
About 50 employees, members of Unite, the country’s largest union, at Agfa Graphics, Coal Road, Seacroft will strike from 07.00 on Sunday until 07.00 on Tuesday (22 September).
The company had offered a one-off non-consolidated payment for the pay year April 2015 to April 2016 and then a 0.5 per cent rise. Both offers were roundly rejected by the workers, who voted by a margin of 62 per cent for strike action.
Unite regional officer Chris Daly said: “Our members don’t feel that the management has made any meaningful effort to engage in realistic pay talks, especially as the company is profitable. The current pay offer is paltry.
“Our members have seen their pay packets eroded in real terms as there has been a pay freeze for at least two years, while their German counterparts working for the same company have received three per cent this year.
“We would urge the firm to get around the table, under the auspices of the conciliation service Acas, for constructive talks to resolve this pay dispute.”
The company, which employs about 100 people at the plant, makes printing plates for industrial printers.
Notes to editors:
For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble in the Unite press office on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940.
Unite regional officer Chris Daly is on 07879 605902
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.