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Norwich Chemical Workers Strike

Monday, August 19, 2013

GMB Members At Briar Chemicals Norwich On Strike Tomorrow 20th August In Pay Dispute

GMB members continue to perform well for the company and want a modest percentage pay rise consolidated into their basic rates says GMB

124 GMB members at Briar Chemicals in Norwich will take industrial action tomorrow, Tuesday 20th August between 3 and 9 pm over a pay claim.

GMB members working in all parts of the plant and want a modest percentage pay rise that has no strings attached.

GMB members rejected earlier offers and have voted to reject the final offer of an unconsolidated one-off payment and a one-off bonus payment. The company reacted by adding two strings. It has asked for a new "Agreement of Intent" and a new Substantive Agreement by April 2014.

The company’s request for new agreement means that GMB member’s contracts and terms & conditions of employment would be completely open to renegotiation. GMB considers that this is undesirable and unfeasible in the proposed timetable of April 2014.

Ivan Mercer, GMB Organiser said, “GMB members continue to perform well for the company and want a modest percentage pay rise consolidated into their basic rates.

GMB has asked the company to agree that all future pay awards will be percentage based and not one-off payments. The company effectively turned this into a further string by not providing an end date to one-off payments but leaving it open ended.

GMB is ready to continue negotiations at a moment’s notice to avert the need for strike action. Further action is being considered.

Briar Chemicals have guaranteed sales to Bayer Crop Science which was the previous owner of the company. The TUPE transfer agreement from when Bayer Corp Science sold the company to Briar remains in place and the company continues to thrive as a multi-million pound company.

What the company fails to accept is that they knew what they were buying into when they took the company over. They already knew the terms and conditions of our members and knew how these compared to their competitors.

GMB members overwhelmingly rejected the company revised offer. We also sought an extension to the notice period to take industrial action, in order to give us and the company time to try to negotiate a resolution to this dispute. The company in their wisdom have declined this request.”

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Contact: Ivan Mercer, GMB Organiser on 07713 077194 or GMB Press Office: 07974 251823 or 07921 289880.

 

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