Strikes at glass manufacturing and logistics firm Encirc Ltd, based in Elton, Cheshire, over working patterns and contracts of employment are back on after staff rejected an offer from the company, Unite said today (Wednesday 12 May).

The dispute involves more than 170 workers in Encirc’s glass manufacturing section, who believe that they are being treated in a less favourable manner compared to the company’s other departments.

Unite said the introduction of flexible working practices has resulted in an insufficient pay uplift for members, as well as the loss of flexibility when annual leave can be taken and a reduction in staffing levels, giving rise to health and safety concerns.

A 48-hour strike will begin tomorrow (Thursday 13 May) and be followed by two four-day stoppages beginning on Wednesday 19 May and Wednesday 26 May.

The strike action is set to lead to a major disruption to Encirc's business and likely to cause a shortage of glass bottles for the company’s two major clients Diageo and AB InBev.

Popular brands that will be affected by the strike include Budweiser, Yellow Tail wine, Baileys, Coors Light, Jameson and Pataks curry brand.

Unite regional officer Andrew Johnson said: “Our members have overwhelmingly rejected Encirc’s latest proposal, which they say does not go far enough in addressing the inequality between the terms and conditions of the rest of the company’s workforce and theirs. 

“We call on Encirc to listen to the concerns of its workforce and incorporate the necessary changes into the offer so that any disruption can be kept to a minimum.”


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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.