December 19, 2006 12:22 ET

Amicus packaging members accept pay award

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 19, 2006) - Amicus members in the Corrugated Packaging sector of the Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) have voted to accept a 3% pay award for 2006/7.

The ballot followed two days of negotiations with industry representatives, who advised the union's negotiating panel that the industry was in its ninth consecutive year of negative growth, showing a loss of £8.6m across its member companies.

Peter Ellis, Amicus National Officer and Lead Negotiator of the 3-union panel including GMB and TGWU, said:
"The negotiations took place against a backcloth of increased costs of raw materials and spiralling energy prices - at the same time as the market which is strongly resisting price rises. We have experienced closures this year and restructuring brought about by mergers has had its effect on jobs.

"Nevertheless, our members need at least to keep pace with inflation and this deal just about makes the grade. The CPI member companies encouraged workplace meetings during the balloting procedure and a 67% return was evidence of the benefits of full engagement with our members."

Amicus has just under two thousand members employed in the corrugated packaging industry who will benefit from this pay award.


Contact Information

  • Amicus National Officer
    Peter Ellis
    07774 663499
    Amicus press office
    Ashraf Choudhury
    020 7420 8914 or 07980 224761