Unite the union members employed at International Paint in Gateshead will be voting on a pay deal, the result of which will be known in the new year.

As a gesture of goodwill, Unite members have dropped an overtime ban due to start on Monday 4 January, but dates for two 24-hour strikes on Wednesday 27 January and Wednesday 10 February remain in place, depending on the outcome of the ballot.

The deal is for 1.5 per cent, backdated to 1 April 2020 (the start of the pay year), including a two per cent and four per cent related performance payment; improvements to the holiday scheme; and 1.5 per cent for 2021 with the proviso that if any other UK site receives more than that figure the Gateshead workers will receive a similar uplift.

The 700 plus workers at the company undertake all aspects of the industrial process for specialised marine and yacht paints, protective industrial coatings and powder coatings as part of the AkzoNobel group.

Unite regional officer Steve Cason said: “Our members at International Paint will be voting on the pay offer that covers 2020 and 2021, and we expect to know the result of the ballot of our 300 members at Gateshead early in the new year.

“There has been no industrial action in over 100 years at the Gateshead plant and Unite has been committed to resolving this dispute amicably to keep that excellent record intact.

“As a gesture of goodwill, we won’t be going ahead with the overtime ban due to start on 4 January, but the two strike dates in January and February remain in place, depending on the outcome of our members’ ballot.”


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