Members of Unite, the UK’s leading union, employed by electric wheelchair maker Sunrise Medical have accepted an improved pay offer, ending the threat of strike action at the company.

Strike action off

Workers at the Brierley Hill factory were due to take strike action earlier this month but following talks at conciliation service Acas, an improved pay offer was agreed.

Members of the company this week voted to accept the deal.

Improved pay deal

In addition to an improved pay offer and an additional day off on Christmas Eve, it has also been agreed that further negotiations will take place on improving the pay structure for workers at the company.

Proud members

Unite regional officer Su Lowe said: “Unite members can be very proud of their conduct and commitment throughout the dispute.

 “By standing together they have secured an improved pay offer, an extra day of holiday and a commitment from the company to negotiate on an improved pay structure for all workers.

 “Unite always believed that this dispute could be resolved without strike action and once Sunrise Medical realised that the workers were not prepared to back down a satisfactory deal was secured.

 “Unite hopes that as a result of this dispute, a stronger relationship will develop between Unite and Sunrise Medical which will be beneficial to both sides.”


Notes to editors:

Strikes at Sunrise Medical in Dudley suspended as Unite secures improved deal

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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.