A strike planned at the West Midlands plants at 2 Sister which was planned for today (21 December) has been called off after the company came to an agreement with its workers.
The industrial action was the final of three planned 24-hour walk-outs at plants in Smethwick, West Bromich and in Wolverhampton, which centred around dispites over pay and conditions of employment. However, only the first strike went ahead last Friday (14 December) as negotiations continued.
A 2 Sisters spokesman said that the agreement brought the dispute to an end and removed the threat of future strike action. She said: “Agreement has been reached as result of the joint commitment by the Company and Unite to work together to find solutions that gives employees fair pay and puts in place the necessary foundations to sustain jobs and create a further 500 new jobs at the sites.”
Unite the union, said that the representative Shaun Noble said that a “much improved offer” had been made to the 1,200 workers involved and that the union would be consulting them over the Christmas period, although this would not be ready until the New Year due to the holiday season.
The revised package includes an above-inflation one-year pay award which has been backdated to 1 August 2012, training, and a pilot scheme at the Dial Lane site, West Bromwich in March into the feasibility of seven-day working.
Unite regional officer Des Quinn said: “This is a great victory for the workforce and a tribute to their unity and determination in the face of some very tough challenges recently.