Industrial action over pay postponed at Vion plant

Planned industrial action at Vion Food Group's Cambuslang added-value products factory outside Glasgow, as been postponed for two weeks, Vion has confirmed.

The dispute centres on the annual pay award negotiations, after workers rejected a 2% pay increase and changes to holiday entitlement in October 2011 and subsequently voted in favour of strike action. Around 300 staff walked out on 20 February and were due to strike again on Thursday (8 March) and today (12 March).

However, Vion confirmed that they had been informed that the planned industrial action by Unite had been postponed for two weeks.

Unite covenor Scot Walker told the Meat Trades Journal that the union had thought it prudent to suspend action Unite while an assessment is carried out.

He had previously said that the workforce has been left with nooption but to strike, claiming that the pay deal in the current climate amounted to a pay cut in real terms.

He said: “We have even been to ACAS totry to get a resolution, but the company refused to budge. We hope Vion will reconsider, but they should know that we are prepared to dig in for the long haul.”

He told the MTJ that Cambuslang would be directly affected by the loss of a Sainsbury's contract, which had accounted for around 40% of the operations at the factory, but added that there were incoming contracts from The Co-operative and an additional contract from Marks & Spencer.

A multi-million-pound investment programme, in partnership with the Scottish Government, Scottish Development International (SDI) and Scottish Enterprise (SE), resulted in 100 jobs being created at the Cambuslang site in August 2010.

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