Workers at windscreen makers Pilkington in Birmingham are taking strike action over the next ten days in a dispute which centres on them being paid £3,000 less a year than employees at a site five miles away.
More than 130 workers at Pilkington Automotive Ltd in King’s Norton are holding a series of strike actions and a continuous overtime ban from 29 June to 10 July in protest over pay inequality which sees workers at the Pilkington site in Redditch receive £3,000-a-year more in their pay packets.
Unite regional officer Brian Rickers said: “The crux of the dispute is that is five miles down the road in Redditch operators are earning £3,000-a-year more for doing the same job.
“The King’s Norton operatives get paid about £17,000-a-year and those at Redditch about £20,000.
“The company has not addressed this issue in the last four years. Our members have said ‘enough is enough’ with a 78 per cent vote in favour of strike action over a two per cent pay offer which would have further cemented the pay disparity between the two sites.
“The series of strikes, coupled with an overtime ban, could hit the production of windscreens which could then impact on deliveries to car makers Jaguar, Nissan and Vauxhall.
“Given this, we would urge the management to get around the table in a positive fashion and negotiate a fair pay deal and salary harmonisation between the two sites.”
Daily two hour strikes for operative staff on each shift are taking place between 29 June and tomorrow (Thursday 2 July). This will be replicated on 7, 8, 9 and 10 July.
Non operative grade staff will stage two 24 stoppages from 06.00 on Friday (3 July) and on Monday (6 July). The continuous overtime ban for salaried staff started on 26 June.
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