Heinz staff in Greater Manchester ballot over pay deal

Workers at Heinz in Greater Manchester are voting in a secret ballot on whether to accept a revised pay offer.

Staff at Kitt Green, Wigan, were on strike on Tuesday after rejecting a 3.5% rise in 2011 and 3.4% in 2012.

Following meetings between Heinz and Unite union representatives the firm has offered a 3.9% rise in 2011 and 3.9% in 2012.

Both Heinz and union representatives said that progress had been made and that they felt "positive".

'Fulfilling aspirations'

A Heinz spokesman said: "The aim was to find the best way forward for both parties to reach agreement in order to resolve the current pay issues and avoid further strike action.

"Should the offer be accepted, which it is hoped will be the case, both parties have agreed to work closely to build positive employment relations for the future."

A Unite spokeswoman said: "We are pleased that Heinz have been prepared to move significantly towards fulfilling our members' aspirations and we believe our members will view the revised offer positively.

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