Strike action at 3M in Newton Aycliffe cancelled follo...

Strike action at 3M in Newton Aycliffe cancelled following improved pay offer

31 January 2018

Strike action due to begin next month at dust mask and respirator makers 3M, based in Newton Aycliffe in County Durham, has been called off after a vastly improved pay offer was accepted by the workforce.

The workers who are members of Unite, the UK’s largest union, were due to strike on Tuesday 13 February and Thursday 15 February, with an overtime ban also in place.

The dispute was a result of the workforce rejecting a 1.5 per cent pay increase for 2017.

However after Unite announced the strike action dates, 3M returned to the negotiating table and made a significantly improved pay offer. Following consultation with members the new pay offer was agreed and strike action was called off.

Unite regional officer Mark Sanderson said: “Unite has consistently said that strike action could be averted through negotiations and that has proved to be the case.

“The significantly improved pay offer made by 3M will begin to redress the issue of pay rates being eroded at the company.

“The fact that strike action will not go ahead will mean that 3M’s dedicated workforce will now be able to concentrate on manufacturing a world class product.” 


Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235. Email: 

  • 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.