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Two-year pay victory

Workers at Chesire glass manufacturer hail pay win and call off strikes
Karen Viquerat, Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

Workers at glass manufacturer Encirc Limited in Elton Cheshire have hailed victory in a dispute over pay.


Unite’s 475 members voted by 78 per cent to accept the new two-year pay deal and, as a result, the four-week strike action due to begin tomorrow (June 12) will not go ahead.


The deal gives workers a pay boost of 3.1 per cent from January 2019, and a pay increase from January 2020 in line with the consumer price index (CPI) rate as of September 2019, plus a 1 per cent AVC pension contribution match and a 5 per cent bonus consolidated into basic pay for year two.


“After intense negotiations, facilitated by the conciliation service Acas, we were able to put a new and improved offer to our members which they voted to accept,” said Unite regional officer Andrew Johnson.


“This is a resounding win for our members at the Elton site.


“I would like to pay tribute to the solidarity our members and reps have shown throughout this dispute, without which we would not have achieved this pay victory.


“The strike action due to start tomorrow (June 12) is now cancelled and we wish to work constructively with the company going forward.”


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