Workers at the Gaymer Cider company in Shepton Mallett, Somerset were today (Friday 24 January) celebrating after they agreed to a three per cent pay offer – without any strings attached.
More than 100 production workers at the Kilver Street site, who were taking part in an industrial action ballot in the dispute, have accepted the offer by management of a three per cent pay rise for 2012-13.
The crux of the dispute had been that management had made the offer conditional on a wage freeze for 2013-14. Now the company has reinstated the offer – without any conditions over future pay talks.
Unite regional officer Hugh Kirkbride said: “The company has put the three per cent offer back on the table and the three shifts at the site have now voted to accept this offer.
“The threat of industrial action forced the company to put the three per cent offer back on the table and also to withdraw any pre-conditions about future negotiations over pay. It has been a victory for worker solidarity.
“The company now wants to start negotiations about changes in production and working patterns. It has been agreed that the conciliation service, Acas will be involved in these talks from the start and that key decision makers in the company will be around the table.
“The union goes into these negotiations with our heads held high – and we wish to engage in these talks in a constructive and positive manner.”
Gaymer Cider is owned by the C&C Group plc and is the second largest cider maker in the world. The site’s brands include Gaymers Original, Olde English and Blackthorn.
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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.