Workers employed by Renold Couplings in East Cardiff have today commenced four weeks of continuous strike action over pay. In a recent ballot Unite members at the site in East Cardiff, voted by over 91% in favour of industrial action.

Renold Couplings, who manufacture power transmission products, have offered workers a pay offer well below inflation. This is despite the fact that workers endured a pay freeze during the Covid pandemic.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Our members at Renold Couplings deserve a fair pay increase after enduring years of what is, in effect, pay cuts. This is a profitable company who have a clear ability to pay. Workers voted by over 91% to take this strike action. This huge mandate should send a clear message to Renolds that they will not back down. Our members will receive the full backing of Unite during this dispute”. 

Unite Wales regional officer Michaela Gilroy said: “The Renolds workforce has delivered healthy profits for the company in recent years, whilst take home pay has fallen well below inflation. The workforce have said ‘enough is enough’ and voted by a huge majority to take this strike action. Unless the employer comes back with an offer that is acceptable to the workers then this dispute could continue into November and beyond”.