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Tunnocks hope upcoming strike negotiations will settle pay dispute

Staff at the confectionary maker have voted for two 48-hour strikes

07 October 2010

Confectionary maker Tunnocks is due to hold strike negotiations with staff representatives this Friday (October 8th) in a bid to settle a dispute over pay.

Workers at the Uddingston factory in Scotland have voted in favour of holding two 48-hour walkouts later this month after rejecting a two per cent pay rise.

Tunnock's management team is now due to meet strike leaders to resolve the issue and avoid walkouts, with the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service set to mediate negotiations.

Derek Ormston, Unite's regional industrial organiser, said: "The ballot was counted today on the formal offer of two per cent and they have overwhelmingly rejected that offer. We're not ruling out future industrial action but will negotiate on Friday."

Boyd Tunnock, managing director of Tunnocks, expressed his disappointment at the outcome but was optimistic of reaching a positive outcome.

The dispute centres around worker's disapproval of high management salaries, with staff accepting a one per cent pay rise last year while directors awarded themselves a 62 per cent wage increase. 

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