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Wrexham aerospace workers vote to strike over ‘inadequ...

Wrexham aerospace workers vote to strike over ‘inadequate’ pay offer

27 May 2014

Workers at Magellan Aerospace in Wrexham have voted overwhelmingly for strike action over a ‘very inadequate’ three year pay offer at a time when the aerospace industry is making good profits.

Officials from Unite, Wales’ largest union, were meeting shop stewards today (Tuesday 27 May) at the North Wales site to decide dates for industrial action.

Unite’s members voted by 92 per cent for strike action and by 95 per cent for industrial action short of a strike to reject the pay deal. The offer was for 1.75 per cent in 2014; 1.85 per cent next year; and 1.95 per cent in 2016.

Unite deputy regional secretary for Wales Peter Hughes said: “Magellan and the aerospace sector generally are making very handsome profits, yet it has offered the dedicated and highly skilled workforce a very inadequate three year pay deal.

“The level of anger that our members feel is reflected by the overwhelming vote for strike action and industrial action short of a strike.

“We call on the management to get back around the table and negotiate a fair and equitable pay deal that reflects the cost of living crisis our members and their families are facing on a daily basis.”

Unite represents virtually all of the 200-strong shop floor workforce.

Magellan Aerospace at the Llay industrial estate is a leading design-to- manufacture supplier of aerospace structural components. Its customers include Airbus, Agusta Westlands and Boeing.

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For further information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940 and/or the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065.

•    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.