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.