The company tabled the offer to staff at its York chocolate factory last month after an earlier proposal to freeze pay had prompted unions to start balloting members on industrial action.
Members of the GMB, Unite and Usdaw (The Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) who voted in this initial ballot were overwhelmingly in favour of holding a strike ballot, Alan Black, national officer at the GMB union, told FoodManufacture.co.uk.
The results of a second ballot on the 1% offer at the York factory are due shortly, but this too, was very likely to be rejected by members, he claimed. “It’s extremely unlikely that the 1% will be accepted. We have written to the company saying that we would like to come and talk to it about pay and we are hopeful it will agree.”
The dispute came to a head last month after staff at Nestlé’s chocolate factory in York and its sweets factory in Fawdon, Newcastle, were told that pay rates would be frozen in 2010.