Unite the Union

Unite the Union

November 23, 2007 11:40 ET

CPI Corrugated Packaging Agreement

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Nov. 23, 2007) - More than 12,000 Unite members in the paper manufacturing industry will soon be invited to ballot on a 3.65% increase in local and book rates resulting from of the 2-day annual pay negotiations between the Unions (Unite and GMB) and the Employers' representatives, the Confederation of Paper Industries.

Unite National Officer, Peter Ellis, said:
"This year's talks were against a back-cloth of mixed fortunes among papermakers, with some companies making fairly modest profits and one or two causing us some concern.

"However, our members faced above inflation pressures in 2006-7, across a whole basket of consumables that make up the day-to-day demands on income.

"We believe that 3.65% represents an affordable outcome for the industry and I will be very disappointed to be dealing with any "inability to pay" claims."

He went on to say that:
'Many of our members experience more and more demands for flexibility and production increases. In a difficult and demanding 24/7 industry, they earn every penny they get. However, we will be strongly urging them to accept the pay deal as a significant improvement in their earnings and one that keeps pace with average settlements in the manufacturing sector."

The ballot process should be completed by the middle of January, with the increase in pay rates due on the 1st February 2008.

Contact Information

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