Unite members covered by the national agreement between the union and the Confederation of Paper Industries have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the 2.6 per cent increase in all rates for 2013/2014.
The agreement covers over 2,500 members and there was a 70 per cent turn-out on the ballot, with 78 per cent of the members giving their approval to the increase negotiated.
This national agreement has been a long-standing agreement with Unite, and its predecessor unions.
Unite national officer Steve Sibbald said: “I am delighted that the last national agreement that I have had responsibility for in my tenure as a national officer has such a high seal of approval from our members.
“Negotiations were challenging this year because of the difficulties that the industry has been experiencing with a number of redundancies and a big down-turn in some of the markets.
“So I am pleased that we were able to secure a modest, but reasonable increase for our members taking all elements into consideration.”
For further information please contact 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.