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Welsh Country Foods workers to strike over pay

Issue No. 2114

Factory workers at Welsh Country Foods on Anglesey have voted by an overwhelming majority to strike over a below-inflation pay offer.

Hundreds of Unite union members rejected a 2 percent pay deal from the company in Gaerwen, which is in the process of being bought by Dutch firm Vion.

More than half the 500 workers employed at the plant are Unite members. Some 81.5 percent of them voted to reject the offer from the Grampian Group, which owns the company at the moment.

Grampian Country Food Group Ltd employs 17,500 staff – of which 4,500 are in Thailand. It has an annual turnover of £1.7 billion and has production locations in Britain and Thailand.

Its head office is located in Livingston, Scotland.

Paddy McNaught, Unite’s regional organiser, said, “Our members voted for industrial action which could include strike action.

“Workers were unhappy with a 2 percent imposed pay rise.

“At the Llangefni site workers voted to accept a 3 percent offer and to renegotiate with the new owners in six months time.”

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Tue 12 Aug 2008, 19:15 BST
Issue No. 2114
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