The threat of strike action at the multinational pharmaceutical company GSK has been averted after members of Unite, the UK’s leading union, accepted an improved pay offer.

Industrial action vote

For the first time in the company’s history, over 1,000 workers including engineers, technicians, laboratory analysts, warehouse workers, firefighters and labourers had voted for strike action.

Following an overwhelming yes vote for industrial action, fresh negotiations were held and an improved offer which amounted to a significant pay increase for workers was made, which members accepted. The revised offer was a substantial improvement on the 2.75 per cent that workers had originally been offered.

Improved deal

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “By voting for strike action, standing together, with their union firmly on their side, our members and reps have secured a greatly improved pay increase at GSK.

“This is further proof that Unite’s commitment to prioritising jobs, pay and conditions is delivering significant benefits for members.”

Unprecedented dispute

Unite national officer Tony Devlin said: “This was an unprecedented dispute at GSK and it would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our reps.

 “Unite will be using this settlement as a stepping stone to ensure that in all future pay settlements GSK properly rewards its workforce.”

The dispute involved Unite’s members at the following sites: Montrose and Irvine in Scotland; Ware in Hertfordshire; Worthing in West Sussex; Barnard Castle in Durham; and Ulverston in Cumbria.


 Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235.

Email: [email protected]

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Sharon Graham.