Production at historic Shropshire wheel factory will ‘roll to a halt’ during pay strikes
- Wednesday 23 June 2021
Production at an historic Shropshire wheel factory will ‘roll to a halt’ during strikes over pay and redundancy packages, Unite, the UK’s leading union, said today (Wednesday 23 June).
Unite members employed at GKN Wheels and Auto Structures in Telford will strike in July over the company’s refusal to implement a pay rise without workers first accepting detrimental changes to a collective redundancy agreement.
The strikes, conducted in conjunction with GMB members at the site, will impact wheel production at the factory, which produces off road wheels for clients such as JCB.
Unite members will hold three 24 hour strikes at GKN Wheels and Auto Structures in Telford on 5, 12 and 19 July.
The historic factory, which is more than 100 years old and produced Spitfire planes during the Second World War, was bought by private equity firm Aurelius in 2020.
Unite regional officer Jason Richards said: “Our members are incensed at being offered a pay rise only on the condition that the collective redundancy agreement is weakened.
“As hard working, skilled and loyal staff they deserve better and will not accept such shoddy treatment by GKN Wheels and Auto Structures.
“These strikes, which will result in wheel production rolling to a halt, can be avoided if GKN offers our members an unconditional pay rise and leaves the redundancy agreement intact.”
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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.