British Sugar workers call off strikes

By Mike Stones

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Plans for strike action at British Sugar plants have been abandoned
Plans for strike action at British Sugar plants have been abandoned
Plans for industrial action at British Sugar plants have been abandoned after workers failed to back the move.

Unite the union’s 250 members, based at the plants at Wissington, near King’s Lynn; Cantley, near Great Yarmouth; Bury St Edmunds; and Newark in Nottinghamshire, have decided to accept the firm’s 3.5% pay offer.

Unite’s regional officer, Tony Ellingford said: “Our members have unhappily and reluctantly accepted the company’s pay offer. The decision was taken in the context of the grim economic climate that does not look like improving under the coalition government.

Insufficient support

“Our members did hold an industrial action ballot, but it was deemed that there was insufficient support, by a narrow margin, for such action.”

The union had sought a pay deal for its members equal to the retail price index inflation for the year April 2011- April 2012. Its members include engineers and production staff.

A British Sugar spokesman said: “We have worked extremely hard to secure an offer that we firmly believe is fair and reasonable within the current economic conditions, and is above average pay awards in the external market place.”

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