Unite the union today (17 August) confirmed its membership based at Leviton Manufacturing in Fife are to be balloted for industrial action.

The ballot involving around 50 members at Viewfield Industrial Estate in Glenrothes follows the rejection of several ‘insulting’ pay offers. The ballot opens on 23 August and closes on 3 September.

Leviton Manufacturing made a final 2.25 per cent pay offer, which was backdated to April, whereas previous agreements with the company commenced in January. Unite engaged the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) in negotiations with the company after two previous offers of 1.75 per cent and 1.95 per cent respectively were also rejected.

The company designs and manufactures high-speed copper and fibre-based cable systems for IT and data communications. It also manufactures cabling for industries such as the military, rail, automotive and aerospace.

George Ramsay, Unite industrial officer, said: “Leviton Manufacturing has made several insulting offers to our members based in Glenrothes which have been rejected. We engaged the services of Acas to try and achieve a positive resolution to this dispute but the company has also in effect cut-off three months’ pay rise for our members backdating the offer to April instead of January. We will now ballot our members for industrial action and are confident that they will endorse a mandate for industrial action. The company still has a chance to get back round the table before it comes to that and the ball is in their court.”

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Notes to editors:

  • Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with around 150,000 members. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.