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Unite the Union

January 17, 2008 11:00 ET

Unite Members to Strike Tomorrow Over Pay Row

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Jan. 17, 2008) -

Attention: News, Industrial and Yorkshire

Unite the Union members working for Cape Industrial Services in Grimsby will strike tomorrow (Friday, 17th January) and every following Friday after the company failed to raise their pay to the nationally agreed rate.

In the ballot, members voted 100% in favour of industrial action and a ban on overtime. Unite members are demanding that they are paid the correct rate as agreed under the National Agreement for the Engineering and Construction Industry.

Unite members who work as scaffolders for Cape Industrial Services and are contracted to Novartis to erect and dismantle scaffolding so that essential maintenance work can be carried out.

Unite Regional Officer, Bernard McAuley, said: "Our members have waited long enough for their pay levels to rise to the agreed national rates. They do not want to wait any longer. We are disappointed that the company will not raise the pay rates to nationally agreed levels, which will put an end to this dispute.

"Negotiations have been on-going for the past 6 months and our members have demonstrated great patience. However our members don't believe their concerns are being taken seriously and have been forced to take strike action in order to reverse this decision."

Members are currently being paid Pounds Sterling 11.35 and the nationally agreed rate is Pounds Sterling 12.71.

The industrial action will start at 7.30am and end 2pm, and the picket
line will be at:

Novartis Limited
Moody Lane
DN31 2SR

Contact Information

  • Bernard McAuley
    07958 514 837
    Unite Press Office
    Ashraf Choudhury
    020 7420 8914 or 07980 224761