Work to rule and strikes loom as cable maker drags its...

Work to rule and strikes loom as cable maker drags its feet over pay

19 October 2016

167 members of Britain’s largest union, Unite working for the energy and telecoms cable maker Prysmian in Eastleigh, Hampshire are set to start a work to rule on Tuesday 25 October in dispute over pay, which could escalate to a 48-hour strike starting on Sunday 13 November.

The dispute comes amid mounting frustration among workers at the profitable site over a ‘paltry’ 1 per cent one year pay offer and bosses’ seeming unwillingness to sit down and swiftly resolve the dispute.

Workers had initially rejected a 1 per cent pay offer, which the company then withdrew nearly a month ago with the promise of coming back with a two year pay deal.  

After management dragging their feet, Unite representatives will finally meet with bosses tomorrow (Thursday 20 October) in an effort to hammer out an improved pay offer and avoid industrial action.

Tomorrow’s meeting follows an overwhelming vote in favour of industrial action, with 84 per cent backing strike action on a turnout of 82 per cent.

Commenting Unite regional officer Debbie Watson said: “Workers at Prysmian have grown increasingly frustrated by the lack of urgency being shown by bosses and aggrieved by the paltry 1 per cent pay offer. 

“They have worked hard to ensure that Prysmian’s Eastleigh site is profitable and are ready to take action to secure a pay rise which properly reflects their contribution in making the company a success.

“We urge bosses at Prysmian to stop dragging their feet and come forward with a meaningful pay offer with recognises the hard work of the workforce.”


For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869. 

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.