North East Wales

Ifor Williams Trailers staff to strike at Deeside plant

Workers at a Flintshire trailer-making company are to strike over pay.

The Unite union said its members at Ifor Williams Trailers at Deeside have voted for three one-day stoppages.

Regional organiser Peter Hughes said the 100% vote on action showed the strength of feeling among 39 staff members who have been offered a 1.5% rise.

The company said its factory had been significantly affected by the economic downturn and had to remain competitive.

The union said the first day of action, which had been scheduled for last Wednesday, was put on hold while union and company officials continued negotiations with conciliation service Acas.

But no compromise was reached, and planned action is due to take place next Tuesday, 19 April, Thursday, 28 April and Tuesday, 3 May.

A company spokesman said: "We have been notified of industrial action that involves 39 production operators only at Deeside.

"The site has been significantly impacted by the economic downturn which has particularly affected products in the leisure and construction sectors which are assembled at our company site at Deeside.

"We have to remain competitive and the site has been on single shift pattern working for the majority of the past 12 months."

'New pay rate'

The company said the offer takes the "new pay rate to £9.10 an hour which is well above the average pay rate in the Deeside area".

It said it had offered to secure shift payments until February 2012, which would provide added income protection and security for employees' pay "during a period of continuing economic uncertainty".

Unite regional organiser Mr Hughes said the pay dispute had been on going since 2010, although the last pay rise was awarded in 2007, a claim denied by the company.

He added that the "telling sign" was the result of ballot, saying that in nine years in the role he had never seen a 100% vote in favour of action in a ballot.

"That tells me that the resolution of the lads is very strong," he said.

The company said staff had a pay rise in 2008 as part of a two year deal.

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