UK glass workers ready to strike


IndustriALL affiliate Unite the Union has called a strike action at two sites of Tyneside Safety Glass, maker of laminated glass. Unite announced the two week strike, due to start on Monday 30 June, after talks with the company broke down.

Unite regional officer Bob Bolam said: "Our members are taking strike action as a last resort over this paltry offer. They believe that this profitable company could well afford to be more generous.”

The strike at the Kingsway and 7th Avenue sites on the Team Valley Industrial Estate in Gateshead will start at 06.00 on Monday and will run until 05.59 on Monday 14 July. This follows a week-long strike earlier this month.

Unite has said that the company could improve the current pay deal, especially as it awarded the highest paid director a 14 per cent pay rise last year and shifted £750,000 from the company’s account to the owner’s trust fund.

The company has offered a three-year deal – three per cent in the first year, and then two per cent in the two subsequent years – but Unite said that this deal had strings attached to make the deal self-funding.

Bob Bolam said: “The Tyneside Safety Glass claim that it is cash-strapped has a very hollow ring as it had oodles of cash to give to one of its directors and also to generously top up the owner’s trust fund.

“The last strike was solid and was well-supported by the Tyne and Wear community, only too well acquainted with mean-spirited bosses.

“We urge the management to get around the table and negotiate a fair and equable settlement for their hard-working employees.”