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Glass Firm Confident Revised Pay Offer Will Be Accepted

Friday August 23 2013

Firm confident new offer will be accepted Firm confident new offer will be accepted

ARDAGH Glass has welcomed the decision by unions to put the company's new pay offer to its members and believe the offer will be accepted.

Staff at the Monk Bretton-based plant had been due to strike throughout this month and into September after a pay dispute.

But the action was cancelled after the workers were offered a 5.5 per cent pay rise, brought in over two years.

"We welcome the outcome of week-long discussions and believe that our two-year offer will be positively received by the workforce," a spokesperson from the firm said.

"This is a sensible decision which enables us to continue to work in partnership with our employees, as we make significant investments to maintain growth and long-term employment."

Voting started on Monday and the ballot closes on September 2.

The pay offer is for a three per cent pay rise between February 2013 and January 2014 - of which two per cent is to be backdated for February to July and the additional one per cent to be paid from August 1.

There will be a further two-and-a-half per cent rise to be paid from February 2014 to January 2015.

Ardagh Glass employs about 400 people at its Monk Bretton site and made £65million in pre-tax profits last year.

Unite deputy regional secretary for Yorkshire Tas Sangha said strikes scheduled to last until September 9 would be suspended while members considered the offer.

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Reply Posted by AHR on Saturday August 24 2013 at 18:30
A good example of how Management and Unions can work together.