Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, today (Monday 18 November) warned plastics manufacturer Formica Ltd that strikes at its North Shields factory will go ahead unless it returns to pay negotiations.
Unite members at the factory have voted for strike action after asking for a pay increase in line with inflation and being offered a one per cent rise alongside two days extra Christmas holiday that will be available for this year only.
Unite regional officer Steve Cason said: “Trade union members at the Formica factory in North Shields have voted in favour of official strike action in response to the firm’s management refusing to table a satisfactory pay offer for hardworking and loyal staff.
“The decision to strike is never taken lightly and Unite is hoping to meet Formica’s management as soon as possible to try and resolve the dispute before action is taken that will disrupt the running of the business.
“Formica’s CEO Peter Rush needs to stop ignoring his workforce, come back to the table and reach a compromise. If not, we expect to announce strike dates shortly.”