Pay dispute hits Moddiesburn based company

Unite the union has confirmed today (16 February) that it is balloting over 200 members based at food manufacturer Devro (Scotland) Ltd in a dispute over pay.

Devro Ltd manufactures sausage skins and casings supplying a number of clients including the popular Richmond brand.

Unite’s production and maintenance members have rejected a pay offer from the company, based in Moodiesburn, North Lanarkshire, which amounts to just three per cent for 2023 when the broader cost of living (RPI) has now hit 13.4 per cent. 

The ballot opens on 16 February and closes on 9 March.

Sharon Graham, Unite general secretary, said: “Devro’s pay offer is substantially below the current cost of living, which means it is a pay cut and completely unacceptable to our members. 

 “Devro can easily afford to pay better and it should do exactly that.  It must table an improved offer or face strike action in the coming weeks. 

 “Unite will always support our members fighting back for decent jobs, pay and conditions.” 

Strike action and an overtime ban is expected to take place within the period from late March if the ballot is successful. Devro Ltd’s latest annual report recorded a £4.1m profit while its multi-national parent group Devro Plc made an operating profit of £42.7m at the end of 2021. 

Wendy Dunsmore, Unite industrial officer said: “Devro has a healthy balance sheet and they should be making a realistic offer rather than stringing our members along. 

“Unite has tried to engage in negotiations to seek a positive resolution to this dispute but the company appear unwilling to reward their loyal workforce. Strike action will be inevitable unless Devro makes an offer which meets the aspirations of our members.”