Industrial relations are not smelling of roses at International Flavours & Fragrances (IFF) in Haverhill, Suffolk as workers are balloted for strike action over pay for the first time in a quarter of a century.

Unite the union said that about 100 of its multi-skilled operatives at the Duddery Hill site are being balloted over an ‘insulting’ 1.8 per cent pay offer for 2021. The ballot runs from 22 November until 11 December.

In February this year, IFF merged with the highly profitable US-based DuPont’s Nutrition & Biosciences.

Unite regional officer Roger Dillon said: “The pay offer of 1.8 per cent is insulting given that the Haverhill operation is part of the hugely successful DuPont ‘empire’. So angry are our members at the offer after all their hard work during the pandemic that they are holding a strike ballot for the first time in 25 years.

“Industrial relations at this firm dedicated to producing lovely tastes and smells, quite frankly, give off a bad ordure. Now is the time for the management at IFF to come to the table with a decent pay settlement.

“Our members believe they have a very strong case as the RPI rate of inflation is currently running at six per cent, and Boris Johnson and his ministers are encouraging workers to seek pay rises as part of the ‘levelling-up’ agenda.”  

IFF supplies food and beverage, fragrance, home and personal care, and health sectors with what is described as innovative solutions that allow them to create the products consumers know and love’.

Unite is dedicated to advancing the jobs, pay and conditions of its members and will fight back against any efforts to diminish workers' living standards.


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