About 300 workers at the Mettis Aerospace plant in Redditch, Worcestershire have accepted a new improved two year pay deal.
Workers at Mettis, members of Unite, the country’s largest union, voted to accept a 2.5 per cent increase from 1 January 2014 and a 2.5 per cent from 1 January 2015. There will also be a new productivity bonus to be negotiated and introduced.
The workers had been due to go on a 24 hour strike yesterday (Wednesday 18 December). But this was postponed for last minute talks to be take place. Following the deal, the strike has now been called off.
Unite regional officer Bob Shaw said: “It is an unfortunate sign of the times that workers have to threaten industrial action to secure a minimum cost of living pay increase.
“The management argued that their financial backers had been holding back on all funding towards internal investment, with the threat that the company would close.
“I would like to pay tribute to a strong united workforce, who under extreme pressure of the possibility that the business would close, remained adamant that their pay kept pace with inflation.”
The company, owned by San Francisco-based venture capitalist Saints Capital Group Chamonix Lp, had imposed a pay freeze for 2013, and previously offered two per cent for the following three years, 2014-16.
The company manufactures engine and airframe components for all the major aerospace and aircraft builders, such as Boeing and Rolls Royce.
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• 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.