Unite has today served notice of its plans for industrial action at paint company Valspar, based at the Deeside Industrial Estate in Flintshire. The industrial action will commence with a ban on all overtime and on call working from 06:30 on Monday 29 July. In addition to this a 48 hour strike will take place from 06:30 on Sunday 11 August.

The dispute is over underpaid wages for hours worked, which was formally raised with the company in 2018 but to date no agreement has been reached to resolve the issue.

The parties have agreed to meet with Acas on 17 July for further talks aimed at resolving the dispute.

Daryl Williams, Unite regional officer, said: “Valspar needs to understand that our members are determined to secure a fair settlement for the unpaid wages if they are at all serious about wanting to avoid industrial action.

"Many of our members are owed thousands of pounds in potential back pay but we also need an agreement that resolves matters moving forward.

"Unite members have waited patiently over many months for a fair offer from Valspar but their patience has now run out. Our members do not need more warm words at the meeting with Acas on Wednesday, they need a fair resolution to their grievance, otherwise Industrial action will become inevitable.”


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Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.