Glass workers call off strike

Ardagh Glass, Knottingley.
Ardagh Glass, Knottingley.

Workers at a glass manufacturer in Knottingley have called off a 24-hour strike after bosses made an improved pay offer.

Members of the Unite union at Ardagh Glass, on Headlands Lane, were due to hold a 24-hour walkout on Saturday .

But Unite said all industrial action had been called off so that members could consider a new pay deal.

Tas Sangha, Unite deputy regional secretary for Yorkshire, said he would be recommending that members accept the offer.

He said: “Unite and the GMB union had intense talks with the company on Friday which resulted in an improved pay offer.

“The company has signalled that it would like a better relationship with the unions and, should our members accept this improved offer, we will be working very hard to improve relations with the management and chart a positive way forward for all concerned.”

Ardagh, which employs more than 1,300 people at its glass plants in Knottingley, Doncaster, Barnsley and Ayrshire, Scotland, improved its pay offer from 5.5 per cent to 6 per cent following last minute talks with union bosses on Friday.

The ballot on the new offer will close on October 6, with the result announced on October 7.

An overtime ban by union members last Saturday and a series of walkouts by staff this week were also called off.

An Ardagh Glass spokesperson: “We welcome the outcome of extensive discussions and thank the trade unions for working with us to outline a two-year pay proposal, which they will now recommend to their members in a ballot.

“We believe this is a sensible decision, which enables us to continue to work in partnership with our employees, having made significant investments in the longer term to maintain growth and long term employment.”