Workers at a glass manufacturer in West Yorkshire are to go on strike in a dispute over pay.
Members of the Unite union at Ardagh Glass, in Knottingley, will start an overtime ban on Saturday with shifts staging walkouts at points during the following week.
The action comes after Unite members at Knottingley and Ardagh Glass sites in Barnsley, Doncaster and Irvine, in Ayrshire, rejected the offer of a three per cent pay rise covering the period from February this year to January 2014, followed by a further 2.5 per cent rise from February 2014 to January 2015,
Unite deputy regional secretary for Yorkshire Tas Sangha said: “Our members voted overwhelmingly against the company’s offer and last week Unite and the GMB union asked the company to increase the pay offer – it refused.
“This is a highly profitable company and could well afford to be more generous at a time when inflation is eroding our members’ take home pay and household bills, such as food and energy, continue to soar.
“Furthermore, the employees at two of the Ardagh Group’s glass companies in Europe have received bigger increases than that being offered to our members in the UK.
“Unite’s door for further talks is open before the strike dates and we urge the company to come up with an improved offer.