Workers at Prysmian Cables & Systems in Eastleigh, Hampshire, will hold four days of strike action in a dispute over a ‘paltry’ below inflation pay offer.

Unite the union, which has 162 members at the Chickenhall Lane site, said the workers had rejected a two per cent pay offer for the year starting January 2018 – when the consumer price index (CPI) is currently running at 2.7 per cent.

A work to rule will start tomorrow (Tuesday 25 September), including an overtime ban. 24 hour stoppages will start on Wednesday (26 September) and then on 3, 10 and 17 October.

Unite regional coordinating officer Debbie Watson said: “We had last minute talks on Friday (21 September) to resolve the dispute, but were unable to make the necessary progress so, as a last resort, our members are taking industrial action.

“The workers are very disappointed that the company, with its paltry two per cent offer, is unwilling to acknowledge the hard work and commitment they have given to the company in the past year which has enabled orders to be delivered on time.

“They are also are outraged at the company’s hypocrisy as another bargaining unit within the group was offered a package which would see a five per cent pay increase on average.

“Customers will be adversely affected as there will be delays in fulfilling their orders, which could have an impact on them reaching their own deadlines for project completions.

“So it is in the company’s interests to get around the table for meaningful talks on an improved offer.”

Members voted by 83 per cent for strike action and by 96 per cent for industrial action, short of strike action.

On its website, the company says: “In the UK Prysmian manufactures energy cables from low voltage to extremely high voltage for land applications.”


Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Unite press office is on: 020 3371 2065

  • Unite represents workers in Britain and Ireland with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.