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PAY TALKS CONCLUDE AT 3M

In the face of a difficult world market, pay negotiations have

been successfully concluded with membership agreeing

an increase of 1.5% and the provision of three additional

Christmas holidays for 2016.

Tim Bush, regional coordinating officer, said “this is a good

result for our members at 3M, in particular due to the

difficult trading conditions on the world market”.

ACTION CONTINUES AT

RADFORD HMY GROUP

A dispute at Radford HMY Group Ltd continues to roll on in the form

of an overtime ban and work to rule which started on 11 July 2016.

In addition to this, Unite members took part in a 24 hour strike on 14

July 2016 and the employer has been notified of a three day strike to

take place on 3, 4 and 5 August 2016.

Mark Sanderson, regional officer, said “there is a new offer from the company for our members

to consider and it will be put to them on 29 July 2016. However, the offer is very poor and is

clawed back at the end of the year by dropping pay back to current levels. This would mean that

the 2017 negotiations start from no better position than the 2016 ones. I am fully expecting

members to reject the offer and for action to continue”.

PAY TALKS UNRAVEL AT

WESTEX CARPETS

Unite members at Westex Carpets look likely to be heading into a dispute over pay.

Following the rejection of the company’s latest pay offer, Unite members made their voices

known through a consultative ballot. Over 80% of members indicated that they would be

willing to take strike action.

At the final meeting with the company, Unite offered that, rather than escalate straight into an

industrial action ballot, we seek to use ACAS. Unfortunately, the company chose not to accept

this offer.

Sharon Ramsden, Unite regional officer, said “Unite are

now beginning the process of going to a formal ballot for

industrial action at Westex. Unite believes this will be the

first time members at Westex Carpets have taken industrial

action should we have a positive outcome to the ballot”.

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