Members of Unite, the UK’s largest union, have stuck together on the first day (Tuesday 30 May) of 11 days of scheduled strikes, in a dispute over pay, at the Stafford factory of Bostik the adhesive and sealant manufacturer.
The workers are taking industrial action after being offered a pay increase of 2 per cent which is a real terms pay cut with. The retail price index (RPI) is currently at 3.5 per cent.
The industrial action was only called after six months of pay negotiations failed to produce an offer which was at all close to members’ expectations
Unite represents 130 hourly paid workers at the factory, with 97 per cent of members supporting industrial action.
Unite regional officer Neil Salter said: “Support on the first day of strike action was absolutely solid and management have come thoroughly unstuck in their attempts to avoid the impact of rising prices on our members’ wages.
“Bostik’s management need to understand that workers are not going to accept a pay offer which is in reality a pay cut for members. Members are struggling to make ends meet and need a fair deal to end this dispute.
“Our members are taking strike action as a last resort due to the company’s failure to make a vaguely acceptable pay offer. Management need to understand the strength of feeling amongst the workforce and get back round the table and make a vastly improved offer.”
Notes to editors:
The remaining scheduled days of industrial action are as follows: 31 May, 1 June, 13 June, 21 June, 30 June, 3 July, 5 July, 11 July, 12 July and 13 July. Each strike will begin at 06:00 and last for 24 hours.
For more information please contact Unite communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.