South Yorkshire glass workers call off action

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Workers at glass factories in South Yorkshire have called off industrial action following an improved pay offer.

Employees at Ardagh Glass factories in Burton Road, Monk Bretton, Barnsley, and Barnby Dun Road, Wheatley, Doncaster, called off the threatened action after managers made the better offer.

They threatened to walk out when pay talks broke down.

However, the company made has made an offer which will mean a 6 per cent pay rise over two years, an improvement on the 5.5 per cent deal previously on the table and rejected by the workforce.

Unite said industrial action has been called off while its members vote on the offer – the ballot closes on Sunday, October 6.

Tas Sangha, Unite deputy regional secretary for Yorkshire, said: “Unite and the GMB union had intense talks with the firm on Friday which resulted in an improved pay offer.

“Unite is recommending its members accept this offer.

“In the meantime, industrial action and overtime bans have been called off.

“The firm has signalled it would like a better relationship with the unions.”

An Ardagh spokesman said: “We welcome the outcome of extensive discussions and thank the trade unions for working with us to outline a two-year pay proposal, which they will now recommend to their members in a ballot.

“We believe this is a sensible decision, which enables us to continue to work in partnership with our employees, having made significant investments in the longer term to maintain growth and long term employment.”

Firefighters were called to the Ardagh Glass Monk Bretton factory on Sunday night when molten glass started leaking from a furnace, which caused a fire.