United Kingdom - Third strike at Heinz suspended - January 4, 2011

A planned strike on Wednesday 5 January of nearly 1,200 workers at Heinz’ flagship factory near Wigan has been called off after a new pay offer from the company. Talks on 4 January between the Unite union and management resulted in the new package being put to workers. The union agreed to suspend the strike ahead of a fresh ballot of its members over the offer, but said if the offer is rejected there will be another strike on 11 January. Under the new deal, workers would receive a 3.5% rise in the first year plus a UKP 200 (Euro 237) one-off payment and a 3.4% increase in the second year. A further increase for shift workers of between 0.6% and 1.6% is also part of the deal. The union earlier held two 24-hour strikes in December. The first strike, on 15 December, took place in reaction of a pay offer below the inflation rate, with by contrast the profit margins of the food manufacturing giant rising quickly.

English: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-12115396;

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-12067138; http://cms.iuf.org/?q=node/661


This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) M.vanKlaveren@uva.nl. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net. © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.

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