A settlement of the dispute at the 2 Sisters Food Group in the West Midlands is in sight, after the company made a much improved offer to the 1,200 workers.
Unite, the largest union in the country, hailed the deal as ‘a victory for worker solidarity’. The union is consulting its members on the package, but because of the Christmas/new year holidays, this process won’t be completed until early January.
The strike action scheduled for tomorrow (Friday 21 December) has been called off.
Unite regional officer Des Quinn said: “This is a great victory for the workforce and a tribute to their unity and determination in the face of some very tough challenges recently.
“Unite is consulting the members on the package, which includes an improved above-inflation pay deal backdated to 1 August – the start of the pay year.
“Because of the holiday season, our consultation with the members won’t be completed until early January. In the meantime, we have called off the strike action planned for tomorrow (Friday).”
The key elements of the package are:
- An improved above-inflation one-year pay award
- Backdating of the pay increase to 1 August 2012
- Significant’ joint training with the company on dignity and respect at work
- A pilot scheme at the Dial Lane site, West Bromwich in March into the feasibility of seven-day working.
The workers at the Bevan Way and Dial Lane sites in Smethwick, West Bromwich and the Lincoln Street plant in Wolverhampton, took a day’s successful strike action last Friday (14 December). Watch the video of the day 's action.
The sites supply cut chicken to major supermarkets.
For further information, please contact Des Quinn on 07785 102386 and/or Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.