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Tunnock's set for strike negotiations with staff

Workers reject two per cent pay rise

21 September 2010

Scottish confectionary firm Tunnock's is set for strike negotiations with its staff as they prepare to hold walkouts over a pay dispute.

Workers at the Uddingston factory in North Lanakshire have rejected a two per cent annual pay increase and have voted to hold industrial action this Thursday (September 23rd) and next Tuesday.

Around 500 employees are expected to join in the strikes, which will stop production for four days as staff are already due to be absent for the Scottish bank holiday weekend.

One worker said: "Conditions at the factory are generally ok but we feel we should be getting a better pay offer than two per cent.

"We are helping to make tens of millions of pounds for the company and we feel we are relatively low paid for all the work we put in. Pay offers in the past have always been higher so we don’t see why we should settle for this."

In November 2006, workers at the facility were set to hold a 24-hour walkout over a similar dispute before Tunnock's management agreed to hold further discussions to resolve the issue. 

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