GMB Ballot Nestle Workers

6 Jul 2010

A lengthy wrangle over pay at Nestlé’s York factory has taken a new twist, with unions balloting members once again after a fresh offer from the company. GMB says management, who had previously offered hundreds of workers a one per cent basic pay rise, have now offered an additional guaranteed bonus. But they are not recommending the offer for acceptance because bonuses were generally only for one year at a time, and members wanted an increase in basic rates.

The two sides have been locked in protracted pay negotiations since the beginning of the year, with the company originally proposing a pay freeze before the one per cent basic pay rise, and union members going through a series of ballots. The latest asks members if they want the union to organise yet another ballot for industrial action.

Steve Huckerby, regional officer with the GMB union has told members that during talks last month, the company proposed to pay 1 per cent of a discretionary bonus in July on top of the basic one per cent pay rise. This was then increased to 1.5 per cent on the understanding the union recommended it to members.