Gateshead glass workers to strike for two weeks over ‘paltry’ pay offer

27 June 2014

Unite the unionWorkers at two sites of a Gateshead company, which makes laminated glass, will start a two week strike from Monday (30 June) over ‘a paltry’ pay offer.

Unite, the country’s largest union, which represents about 112 employees at Tyneside Safety Glass, announced the strike action today (Friday 27 June), after talks with the company, under the auspices of the conciliation service, Acas, broke down yesterday (Thursday 26 June).

Unite regional officer Bob Bolam said: “The management refused to budge on pay at the Acas talks, although our members’ incomes are being constantly eroded by the cost of living crisis.

“Our members are taking strike action as a last resort over this paltry offer. They believe that this profitable company could well afford to be more generous.”

The strike at the Kingsway and 7th Avenue sites on the Team Valley Industrial Estate will start at 06.00 on Monday and will run until 05.59 on Monday 14 July. This follows a week-long strike earlier this month.

Unite has said that the company could improve the current pay deal, especially as it awarded the highest paid director a 14 per cent pay rise last year and shifted £750,000 from the company’s account to the owner’s trust fund.

The company has offered a three-year deal – three per cent in the first year, and then two per cent in the two subsequent years – but Unite said that this deal had strings attached to make the deal self-funding.

Bob Bolam said: “The Tyneside Safety Glass claim that it is cash-strapped has a very hollow ring as it had oodles of cash to give to one of its directors and also to generously top up the owner’s trust fund.

“The last strike was solid and was well-supported by the Tyne and Wear community, only too well acquainted with mean-spirited bosses.

“We urge the management to get around the table and negotiate a fair and equable settlement for their hard-working employees.”

Please support the pickets at Kingsway North
Team Valley Trading Estate,
Tyne & Wear, 
NE11 0JX

Please also send messages of support and solidarity to Unite regional officer Bob Bolam.

The company makes laminated and toughened glass for bus windows and windscreens, as well as bulletproof items.

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