Salford workers threaten more industrial action unless employers give them a pay rise after four profitable years


Unite members working for API Holographics in Salford are today on strike over a breakdown in negotiations with the company surrounding long running disagreements on a pay freeze agreement.

The workers at the packaging firm have also given notice to stage further 24 hour stoppages should the dispute remain unresolved.

Unite says the company is refusing to offer an acceptable review to existing staff of a “pay neutral” agreement, signed in 2009 when the company was in some financial difficulties and making redundancies at the site, although the fortunes of the company has now changed. A clause in the agreement specifically allows for this to happen, yet all attempts to resolve the dispute by negotiation have not as yet been successful.

The workers at Salford are also planning to take industrial action consisting of a continued over-time ban in an effort to resolve the dispute and restart meaningful negotiations.

Unite regional officer Alison Jones said: “Our members in Salford feel they have no choice but to take this action as discussions with the company have failed to provide a satisfactory outcome. The staff have always worked with their employer to ensure that it remains competitive and have shown their willingness to compromise regarding previous wage claims.

“However, as the company has now returned to profit, they just wish to be rewarded for the commitment and support they have given as these workers have not had a pay rise since 2007.

“We remain available to talk with the company at any time to resolve this issue and urge management to return to the negotiating table.”

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