Strikes at industrial seal manufacturer Trelleborg’s factories in Tewkesbury and Bridgewater have ended after workers accepted an improved pay offer.

The more than 200 workers, who are members of Unite, the UK’s leading union, voted to accept a pay deal worth at least 11 per cent over two years. 

The workers will receive an eight per cent pay rise this year. In the second year, pay will increase by three per cent, however renewed pay negotiations will take place if inflation is above five per cent. 

They workers were originally offered a 5.2 per cent one year deal.   

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “By standing together in their union, Trelleborg’s workers achieved a substantial improvement to the company’s pay offer. This deal is yet more evidence that Unite’s total focus on improving jobs, pay and conditions is putting extra money in our members’ pockets.”

Support received from the Swedish metal workers union IF Metall, which Unite has a longstanding relationship with, was instrumental in ending the dispute.

As the dispute developed, Unite contacted IF Metall and a link was quickly established with their main shop steward at Trelleborg in Sweden. Following a meeting between Unite reps and officials and their counterparts in IF Metall, a series of steps were agreed and set in motion that quickly helped resolve the dispute.

Unite regional officer Amy Roberts said: “This pay deal shows there is power in a union. Workers who want better wages and working lives should join Unite and get their colleagues to join as well.

“Unite expresses its sincere thanks to IF Metall for their support which once again demonstrates the power and importance of international solidarity.”


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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.