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Workers Set To Take Action After Pay Rise Offer

Friday July 12 2013


Workers set to take action at glassworks Workers set to take action at glassworks


WORKERS at Ardagh Glass will be balloted on industrial action after they were offered a two per cent pay rise.

Unite is balloting members at the Monk Bretton-based firm after the offer was rejected by 97 per cent of members in a consultative ballot.

The glassworks employs about 490 at Monk Bretton and made £65million in pre-tax profit last year.

Unite's Tas Sangha said following months of negotiations, the company offered a two per cent rise - which was way below the increase in the cost of living.

"Our membership made big sacrifices when the final salary pension scheme was closed and there have been changes to the sick pay scheme which were, again, detrimental to our members.

“It's very disappointing the management has refused to engage with the conciliation service, ACAS, and will not meet the trade union side without preconditions, which we don’t think are conducive to meaningful negotiations.

"We are, therefore, going to a ballot for industrial action on this very inadequate offer, given that this company is highly profitable - profits that our members help generate."

The ballot opened on July 8 and will close on July 29.

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Reply Posted by carl on Friday July 12 2013 at 11:17
Whats wrong with 2%? They should be more than happy with that considering most firms get 0%!

Reply Posted by Robbie on Friday July 12 2013 at 11:28
Get the same as the Parliament ~ 15%. Stand firm! Don't listen to Carl, he is a typical "yes" man... About time we stood up and said "no we will not be bribed again". They made a PROFIT due to the workers! Carl, you make me sick...

Reply Posted by Not greedy on Friday July 12 2013 at 11:41
Hmmmm 2%? It's alot more than im getting!

Reply Posted by Fawkes on Friday July 12 2013 at 12:32
Just because you settle for PEANUTS.Doesn't make 2% a good deal .True inflation is running at 8% don't believe the bullshit . So let them go for a pay rise that keeps up with the cost of living .Because i can tell you if the firm was base down south .They would have to pay its workers alot lot more!

Reply Posted by maria on Friday July 12 2013 at 11:48
its better than a pay cut like what i have had.

Reply Posted by Mick on Friday July 12 2013 at 11:51
Why dont you keep your nose out of stuff you have no idea about Carl. You probably know nothing about the firm, its a multi million pound business that made a hell of alot of profit last year and 2% is an insult.

Reply Posted by Mick on Friday July 12 2013 at 12:14
Plus its doesn't even cover inflation, and as for you lot not getting pay rises, thats because you roll over n let the company walk all over you, get the union involved just like us guys at ardagh are, we work hard n make the company money, its about time we took something back. All employees need to stick together and be united. Not just be yes men like alot of you morons are.

Reply Posted by PlainA on Friday July 12 2013 at 12:45
2% is derisory when profits of £65 million is being made but like some don't know much about Ardagh, you don't know anything about other peoples' job situation. Calling them Yes Men and Morons is out of order.

Reply Posted by Beep Beep on Friday July 12 2013 at 12:47
So public sector workers lose their jobs or get pay freezes including Police and nurses and teachers and yet some jumped up factory worker wants 2%!

really??? No get real fellas and be glad to be employed coz if you carry on with this daftness you wont be.

Reply Posted by A realist on Friday July 12 2013 at 13:07
I believe every1 shud get a pay rises every year in line with inflation but the fact is not many get that. 65 million profit is a gud profit in the wages that they pay there.

Reply Posted by A realist on Friday July 12 2013 at 13:17
Forgot to had as the company pays above min wage they don't have to offer you a pay rise. And as for inflation if the government said companies had to pay a living wage that goes up with inflation you night find you would not get a patties for a few year. If ya ask me 1500 to 2000 grand a month for 4 on 6 off is a rite wage

Reply Posted by A realist on Friday July 12 2013 at 13:18
* pay rise

Reply Posted by JD on Friday July 12 2013 at 13:26
It's not just about the 2% pay-rise though. Ardagh workers have made many sacrifices in their working hours/sick scheme/pensions etc over the last few years when the company was going through a tough time, just like everyone else has had to. Now the company is back in (pretty hefty) profit they deserve their dues. So stop with the knee-jerk reactions, and take some time to do a little research before you form an opinion.

Reply Posted by LMF on Friday July 12 2013 at 13:56
About time we stood up to them, we have given them everything over the last few years and this is how we are repaid?
For everything we have sacrificed 2% is an absolute disgrace!

Reply Posted by Mick on Friday July 12 2013 at 15:16
Absolute idiots that don't know what your on about. Half the people slating ardagh workers for wanting a pay rise probably dont even work themselves. We need a pay rise because of all tax we get charged for all the spongers who don't want a job.

Reply Posted by Carl on Friday July 12 2013 at 15:37
I will 100% guarantee you that you will get more but it will come at a price and some one will lose their job. Lets hope that's not you ay Mick!

Reply Posted by Carl on Friday July 12 2013 at 15:43
Lets also hope Mick that they don't decide to re-allocate parts of their work abroad or even more so move their entire works there. Agreed it would be great if every firm gave inflation but that's not going to happen is it because of greed. As regards to other people just putting up with 0% most places don't even entertain a union anymore to back them on a rise and more often that not the world "replaceable crops up!" because their is always some one willing to work for less than you are.

Reply Posted by Jack on Friday July 12 2013 at 15:53
Well, this Mick appears to be an arrogant so and so. Who is he to call people morons. If I was in charge at Ardagh I would be watching him very carefully. He's obviously a 'bad Apple'

I suspect that they will eventually settle at something like 3/3.5 per cent. If they do, good luck to them. However, industrial action (inaction?) is certainly not the answer.

Reply Posted by LMF on Monday July 15 2013 at 14:42
Of course its the answer you idiot!

We have given them everything during the lean times and now things are on the up we should be getting something back for all our efforts.

Time to stand up and be counted!

Reply Posted by Mick on Friday July 12 2013 at 15:59
Clueless.

Reply Posted by Carl on Friday July 12 2013 at 16:11
Come on then how many hours do you do a week and what do you get paid then we can see if we are clueless or you greedy :-)

Reply Posted by Mick on Friday July 12 2013 at 16:21
Its not greed mate, believe me. A company has a budget what they have for a pay rise, the employees dont think 2% is as high as they can go, think they would be daft not to try for more personaly. If you worked there im sure you would be wanting more than 2% also.

Reply Posted by A Different Mick on Friday July 12 2013 at 16:38
It's not clear from the article if the £65 million is made all at this plant. I doubt it as that would amount to over £100k profit per worker. But it sounds as though the workers have previously put up with reductions in terms & conditions when times were tough to help the firm out & keep their jobs. So now things are looking good maybe they should be rewarded with a decent pay rise.

Reply Posted by Sir know nothing on Friday July 12 2013 at 16:52
sack em.........................
The Bosses that is. I bet their bonus is just lovely

Reply Posted by freddie on Friday July 12 2013 at 22:15
think your selves lucky you even have a job..and have recieved a pay rise..could have been worse....

Reply Posted by Swifty on Friday July 12 2013 at 23:59
Typical company workers loyal when timeshare hard sacrifice to keep the company going. Good times come back greedy management/directors line there pockets. £UK u I'm alright Jack comes to mind. stand up and be counted having said that.

Thousands of immigrants are due to arrive soon to take your jobs and houses.


Reply Posted by Tenpercent on Sunday July 14 2013 at 17:45
Support the Ardagh glass workers instead of slating them . What's the hells happening to people these days , spineless, weak , yes men , a few words come in my head . Unite !

Reply Posted by Jimmy on Sunday July 14 2013 at 23:31
Good for them, I'm glad to see that some working people have the balls to stand up to greedy employers. To the people who are whining about themselves not getting anything, why should Ardagh workers? I say this: Stand up for yourselves and join a trade union. Don't argue for everyone to be brought down to the lowest pay possible. We should applaud the Ardagh workers and argue for people's pay to be brought up to a decent standard. It's classic divide and rule and there are plenty of morons on here that fall for it.

If large pay rises are good enough for company directors and MPs surely a small pay rise isn't too much to ask for the very people who help to make these huge profits in the first place? If everyone's pay was at a decent standard it would save the country a fortune in benefit payments. Tax Credits are the taxpayers' way of subsidising firms and letting them get away with shitty wages. More money in the treasury coffers should mean a happy government. Increased wages should also mean that people will have more spending power as well and it might stimulate the economy of this deprived shithole we all call home.

Reply Posted by Charles on Monday July 15 2013 at 15:49
We are competing in a global marketplace, do not push your luck too far or you may well live to regret it.

Like Jack says above, 3-3.5% should be possible with skilful negotiation. But I would caution demanding any more than that.



Reply Posted by Stevo on Tuesday July 16 2013 at 16:34
I'm back!

My brother works @ Ardagh and has told me the sacrifices that the employees of the company have had to make to ensure they kept their jobs.

3-3.5% SHOULD DO IT.

Good luck Brothers and Sisters.

Reply Posted by FAWKES on Wednesday July 17 2013 at 13:28
Have they let you out Stevo :)
But i have to say again i agree with you

Reply Posted by rog on Tuesday July 16 2013 at 19:13
You can be sure their bosses will get more than 2%...why shoudnt the share in their companies success...they have earnt it afterall....