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Second Pay Strike In Bolton On Oct 9th

Friday, October 3, 2014

Further Strike On Thursday 9th October By GMB Engineering Members In Bolton To Secure Better Pay Offer

Members are seeking an increase of 3% with no strings in a one year deal says GMB.

On Thursday 9th October over 100 GMB engineering members employed by Severfield – formerly Robert Watson - at Lostock in Bolton will stage a second one day strike to secure a better pay offer for 2014. The first in a series of one day strikes took on Thursday 2nd October.

Negotiations with the company broke down after an offer to increase pay 5.05% over two years was linked to preconditions such as the withdrawing a bonus of £1,200 if sick leave was below 3pc annually and the scrapping of time off for medical appointments.

Shaun Buckley, GMB Regional Officer, said “These members will press on with a further one day strike on 9th October following the strike yesterday (October 2nd) which was 100 per cent solid. The management's pre-conditions for the pay offer have caused a lot of animosity.

The situation was made worse when the management tabled an offer on September 23 which was deemed by us to be acceptable, but they later withdrew it, saying it had been made in error.

Four or five years ago the workers gave up a five per cent pay increase to help the company keep its prices down. It has shown little gratitude for that loyalty.

Members are seeking an increase of 3% with no strings in a one year deal.

There have been improvements in director’s bonuses and remuneration packages shown in the annual report and our members want a fair increase.”


Contact Shaun Buckley on 07850 611868 or 01204 523011 or 0151 727 0077 or GMB press office 07921 289880


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