Unite the union has today (20 February) confirmed that its membership at Mahle Engine Systems based in Kilmarnock have accepted a new pay offer. The plant which employs around 185 workers makes high-quality components for motorsport engines, combustion engines and electric vehicles.

The union was engaged in pay talks with the company through the auspices of the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) in order to resolve the dispute and avert industrial action. The accepted offer will now mean from January 2020 there will be an increase of 2.8 per cent and in 2021 a 2.8 per cent floor and 3 per cent ceiling linked to the retail price index from January 2021.

Unite regional industrial officer Paul Bennett said: “Unite is pleased to confirm that our membership at Mahle Engine Systems have accepted an improved pay deal over two years. We have been locked in discussions with the company through Acas which have paved the way to this excellent deal. It was always our ambition to resolve this dispute with Mahle amicably and quickly which is what we have achieved. Again, it is further evidence of the benefits associated with being a member of Unite and we are pleased the membership are happy with this result.”