Strikes this week by scaffold workers employed by Altrad at the Mitsubishi Chemicals plant in Billingham, Teesside, have been postponed for talks, Unite, the UK’s leading union said today (Wednesday 3 November). 

Around 25 scaffolders, insulators and painters, who all work at height, voted unanimously for strike action over low pay. Around 10 new members have joined Unite since the dispute began.  

The Mitsubishi Chemicals Billingham plant produces battery electrolytes and methacrylates, which are base chemicals for the manufacture of acrylic plastics. 

Strikes scheduled for this week have been postponed, however strikes scheduled from next week until 4 December will take place unless a deal is reached. 

Unite regional officer Neil Howells said: “In a sign of good faith, our members have agreed to suspend strike action at the Billingham plant to allow last minute negotiations to be held. 

“If an agreement that meets our members expectations is not reached, however, the rest of the scheduled action will continue.”


Billingham scaffold workers at Mitsubishi Chemicals to strike over ‘shocking pay disparity’

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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 Sharon Graham.