More than 30 workers at Renold Hi-Tec Couplings in Halifax will stage a 24-hour strike tomorrow (Thursday 19 December) over the the company’s arbitrary imposition of a pay freeze.
Workers at the Parkinson Lane site will strike from 07.30 tomorrow (Thursday) until 07.30 on Friday (20 December).
The workers, members of Unite, the country’s largest union, voted by a 80 per cent majority to strike.
Unite said that the company made £7 million profit the year before; the employees say they are working just as hard, but the management now claims that the firm is making a loss.
Unite regional officer Simon Coop said: “Our members don’t believe that the company is in financial difficulties as they are working just as hard and orders are piling up – something does not add up.
“Our members have taken the brave stand, just before Christmas, of voting strongly for strike action as they feel a pay freeze for 2013/14 is unjust and unfair.
“This unprecedented squeeze on living standards will have a massive effect on this tight knit local community. Our members and their families are making a stand against a management that is stonewalling.
“We urge the company and their representatives to sit down and negotiate a way forward with the union.
“We are prepared to go to the concilation service, Acas to reach a fair settlement – but more strikes in the New Year are on the cards, if we can’t resolve this dispute.”
The company makes high-tech couplings for the engineering sector.
For further information contact Simon Coop on 07817 104253 and/or Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940
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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.