Ardagh Glass workers call off strike action

Ardagh factory in Barnsley Ardagh Glass employs about 1,300 people at its factories in Yorkshire and Ayrshire

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Staff working at a glass manufacturer have called off a 24-hour strike.

Union members at Ardagh Glass's plants in Barnsley, Doncaster and Knottingley in Yorkshire and Irvine in Ayrshire were due to walk out at 06:00 BST.

But Unite said all industrial action had been called off so a new pay deal could be considered.

Ardagh Glass, which employs about 1,300 people, increased its offer of a pay increase from 5.5% to 6% over two years following talks on Friday.

Tas Sangha, Unite's deputy regional secretary, said they would be recommending that members accept the offer.

'Positive way forward'

"Unite and the GMB union had intense talks with the company on Friday which resulted in an improved pay offer," he said.

"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."

A 24-hour walkout planned for 21 September has also been called off, along with an overtime ban at the Doncaster and Knottingley sites.

In a statement, Ardagh Glass said: "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."

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