Favieley transport workers in Birkenhead secure 15% pay deal to avoid strike action
- Thursday 2 March 2023
Strike action at Wabtec Faiveley Transport Ltd has been averted after members of Unite, the UK’s leading union, accepted a vastly improved pay offer.
The workers, who supply and refurbish braking systems for trains, had voted for strike action after rejecting a two year pay offer worth 9.2 per cent pay over two years.
With the workers preparing to go on strike last minute talks were held. A much improved offer worth 15 per cent over two years was made, which Unite members accepted following a ballot.
Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Unite members at Faiveley Transport have secured a vastly improved pay deal through being prepared to act in unity and take strike action.
“This pay deal underlines how Unite’s laser-like focus to improve the jobs, pay and conditions of its members is delivering direct financial benefits for workers.”
The two year deal is front-loaded, with the workers receiving a 9.2 per cent increase backdated to April 2022 and then a further 5.8 per cent from April 2023. All other pay elements, including pension contributions, overtime pay, holiday pay and shift allowance, will rise in line with the pay increase.
Unite regional officer Steve Gerrard said: “Unite made clear throughout that this dispute could be resolved through negotiations. Once the employer realised the determination of the workforce to secure a fair pay deal, an improved offer was made and accepted.”
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Unite is the UK and Ireland’s leading union fighting to protect and advance jobs, pay and conditions for members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Sharon Graham.