Community Union has called on management at Glen Dimplex to get back around the table for pay talks as strike action at the firm’s Whiston site on Merseyside enters its second week.
Last Monday (7th August) workers from the home appliances factory on Stoney Lane began a course of industrial action over pay after negotiations with management at the Irish-headquartered firm reached gridlock.
The company responded to calls for a pay rise for workers by refusing to increase pay and proposing to reduce the working week – a suggestion which Community members at Glen Dimplex have deemed unacceptable.
The workforce at Glen Dimplex – many of whom remain on minimum wage, despite the skilled nature of their work – took their call for a pay rise to the streets last week with a well-attended march and rally in nearby Prescot town centre.
Gavin Miller, Community Union’s National Officer for Light Industries, said:
“No one at Glen Dimplex wants to be on strike, but the industrial action in Merseyside has now entered its second week as a direct result of the company’s refusal to engage with the constructive and reasonable suggestions Community reps have put forward on pay over the last nine months.“This is not a company that is hard-up: it’s a multi-national business with an annual turnover of €944m Euros which is seeing its profits rise by tens of millions of pounds each year. Workers at the factory in Whiston contribute to that success, and the company is now relying on them to build new product ranges which they hope will further boost profit margins. The very least the company can do is pay them a wage which reflects the skilled work they undertake.“Glen Dimplex have it within their power to end this dispute, and it’s not too late to get back around the table.”
Community is the union for the light industries, with a long history of representing workers at the heart of manufacturing and production. Community represents members at globally recognised companies as well as many smaller businesses and consumer goods manufacturers. We are a modern trade union, campaigning for a better working world.