Pay talks between Unite, the country’s biggest union, and Unipres have broken down at the automotive company’s facility in Sunderland.
Unite had requested a meeting with management following the resounding result of a members’ ballot backing industrial action.
The union has also instructed the company that an overtime ban will start from a minute past midnight on Friday 6 May.
Unipres - which supplies car parts to Nissan and Honda - has refused to discuss any changes to what was already on the table, or enter into any serious negotiations.
Tony Murphy, Unite national officer for car manufacturing, said: “The current two year offer on pay is in itself reasonable. However there is a major unfairness in that this would be a self-financing deal because the company wishes to remove money from the current profit share scheme, this is unacceptable.
“Our members are not willing to finance their own deal whilst the company continues to make healthy profits.”
Unite has close to 400 members on site.
Steve Bush, Unite regional officer, said: “Following a clear mandate from our members and the company’s reluctance to engage in further meaningful negotiations this may well lead to an increased level of action taken by members.
“We ask Unipres management to think again about their stance and the full terms of the deal being offered.”
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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.