Somerset workers to strike for three days in ‘paltry’ pay and productivity row
- Tuesday 14 May 2019
Production workers at Somerset firm Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Bridgwater, where productivity is said to have ‘gone through the roof’, will strike for three days over a ‘paltry’ pay offer.
Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, said its 65 members will strike on 28 and 31 May and also on 5 June. Each strike will be for the whole day, covering all shifts from 00:01 until 23:59.
Unite announced the strike dates today (Tuesday 14 May) after recent talks with the management ‘hit a brick wall’.
The workers had already overwhelmingly rejected a 2.8 per cent pay offer for the year starting January 2019. The company, founded in 1935, makes specialist seals for high pressure engines.
Unite regional officer Tim Morris said: “Our members have decided to take three days of strike action over management intransigence in refusing to increase its paltry pay offer.
“Ironically, this dispute is taking place after senior management frankly admitted that workforce productivity has gone through the roof.
“That admission severely undermines the company’s refusal to negotiate constructively over pay. Recent talks with the company hit a brick wall, despite Unite presenting constructive ideas to resolve the situation.
“The planned strikes have to be viewed in the context of this highly profitable company failing to take into account the huge increases in housing costs across Somerset.
“This has been compounded by the fact that previous pay increases have also failed to keep pace with inflation and wages have repeatedly fallen behind the ever rising cost of living.
“There is now a generous window open for the company to sit down and negotiate in a positive fashion before the first strike due on 28 May.”
There is a total workforce of about 112 at the Dunball Industrial Estate site.
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- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.