Strikes at glass drinks bottle firm Encirc Ltd, based in Elton, Cheshire, have been called off after workers accepted an improved offer from the company, Unite, the UK’s leading union, said today (Monday 24 May).

More than 170 workers in Encirc’s glass-making section, who are members of Unite, staged three days of strike action during May. 

The dispute was sparked by the introduction of flexible working practices that resulted in an insufficient pay uplift, the loss of flexibility when annual leave could be taken and a reduction in staffing levels that gave rise to health and safety concerns.

The workers have now voted in favour of an ‘excellent deal’ that resolves each of the problems created by the new practices.

Unite regional officer Andrew Johnson said: “This excellent deal could not have been achieved without our members’ strong and unified position. 

“Results like this show why it is so important for those who want better pay and conditions at work to join Unite and get their colleagues to join as well. 

“In spite of Encirc’s misjudged efforts to undermine the strikes, all industrial action has now been called off.”


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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.