Socialist Worker

Managers get lessons in how to be polite

by Roddy Slorach
Issue No. 1924

THE SOAPWORKS dispute in Glasgow has ended with management conceding a marginal increase in their original pay offer.

An additional 0.5 percent has been added to next year’s pay settlement and also for the following year, which means a 3 percent pay increase for this and each of the next two years.

An additional 1 percent on shift allowances will still be dependent on productivity increases over each of the next two years.

This settlement comes after 15 days of strike action over the last six weeks. Opinion among the 62 TGWU union members involved is divided.

As one worker who was against the deal put it, “We didn’t get what we wanted, but management didn’t get what they wanted either.”

Managers have also agreed to attend a “dignity at work” course organised by the TGWU union in an effort to improve industrial relations.

The TGWU has pledged to double the £5,000 collected in support of the strikers, with the money being distributed between the workers.

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Sat 23 Oct 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1924
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