Unite members start overtime ban and begin work-to-rule

CarslbergWorkers at Carlsberg’s Northampton plant today begin a continuous ban on overtime and work-to-rule over pay.

The Unite members, who have not had a pay rise since April 2014, voted by 89% for industrial action short of a strike and by 77% for strike action – and decided on the work-to-rule/overtime ban option as ‘a shot across the bows of the bosses’.

Unite regional officer Sean Kettle said: “If this limited industrial action does not bring the management to the negotiating table with a genuine pay offer, this dispute could well escalate into a full-scale strike with increased disruption to production and deliveries of the firm’s premier brands.

“We are seeking a fair reward for the dedicated hard work that our members carry out on a daily basis in Northampton to contribute to Carlsberg’s success.

“The reason for this industrial action is a wage freeze which Carlsberg has imposed globally. Because there has been no pay rise this year or any real negotiations, our members feel this could be extended into next year.

“Members feel the pay freeze is being imposed because of the company’s ultimately unsuccessful venture into the Russian market in recent years, which has now been affected by the dramatic fall in the rouble.

“It is worth noting that some sites on the continent have had a pay rise this year as they are in the second year of a two-year pay deal. And finally, trade pub sales in the UK have increased this year.”

“This dispute should be set against the separate issue of the planned closure of the final pension salary scheme in April 2016 and the transfer of 30 per cent of longer-term employees to an inferior scheme.”


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