Members of the trade union Unite employed by Eclipse Blinds in Inchinnan are taking part in a strike action ballot from today (Wednesday 23 February) in an escalating dispute over pay. 

More than 50 Unite members at the Renfrewshire-based company rejected a recent 4.3 per cent pay offer with the workers demanding 6 per cent as inflation soars to reach a thirty-year high.

Production workers at the factory, predominantly female, earn just above the national minimum wage at £9.62 (the NMW rate will rise to £9.50 per hour in April).

The company, which trades under the name Turnils UK Limited, recently banked a post-tax profit £2.1m.

The ballot on industrial action is set to close on 9 March.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Eclipse Blind Systems is sitting on healthy profits, profits that were only made possible by the hard work of Unite members. 

 “This employer now needs to table a pay deal which reflects not just the commitment of the workforce but also the clear need to raise pay at this company.  We know that they can afford it.”

Lorna Glen, Unite industrial officer, added: “Unite’s members feel really angry over the recent pay offer from Eclipse Blind Systems.

“The workers have been back in the factory since the summer of 2020, contributing to the success of the company but feel strongly that there has been a lack of value and respect by management. Our members are resolute in fighting for a fairer pay award which takes into account their professionalism and the current cost of living.”

ENDS

Notes to Editor:

Unite bases wage claims on the Retail Price Index (RPI) which has risen to 7.8%, rather than CPI (5.5%). RPI includes housing costs and better reflects the actual price rises experienced by Unite members.

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