A STRIKE by 1,000 workers at the Uniq food processing plants at Annan and Finnarts Bay in the west of Scotland was due to go ahead this week as Socialist Worker went to press.
The company makes sandwiches and other foods for retailers such as Marks & Spencer.
TGWU union members had already voted strongly for strikes when Uniq bosses failed to come up with any serious attempt to address low pay at talks held with the union at ACAS on Monday.
Many workers at Uniq are emplyed on the minimum wage. Mick Higgins, TGWU regional industrial organiser, says:
“The company did put forward a two-year deal, but it wouldn’t have taken us any further forward on the issue of low pay.
“We want to work jointly with the company, and have acted reasonably and realistically in discussions, but we have to get the low pay issue resolved.”
Shop stewards were meeting with workers to organise action in the run-up to the strike.