WORKERS IN the Amicus union at the NCR factory in Dundee are demanding a ballot for industrial action over a new pay and conditions package. Union officials are attempting to avoid a ballot. Angry members have twice overwhelmingly rejected a deal recommended by union officials at meetings. The US company has offered the 760 workers a 3.1 percent pay rise and a one-off payment of £350.
This is tied into giving up holidays in April, as well as giving up the traditional Dundee fortnight summer break and the October fast. Anyone who works these holidays must give up the payments of double time and time and a half.
Amicus convenor Ronnie Clarkson said, 'There has been cost-cutting over the years, there have been redundancies, and it appears that the package they have put on the table is getting people's backs up.' However, he is doing his best to avoid a strike. He says, 'We do as a union have major concerns if this goes to industrial action. This is the first time in more than 20 years that we have got to this stage. We do not want to go there because it does not look good for Dundee, but if push comes to shove that is perhaps what we will have to do.'