The threat of strike action by around 800 workers at Heinz’s plant at Kitts Green in Wigan has won an improved offer by management.
The action, planned for Wednesday of this week by T&G union members, would have halted a plant which produces 1.3 billion tins of soup, beans and spaghetti every year.
Management have offered a two year deal. The pay rise in year one will be 4.25 percent instead of 4 percent. In year two it will be whatever is the greater—a 3.75 percent rise or Retail Price Index (RPI) plus 0.5 percent. They were originally offered RPI plus 0.25 percent.
Workers and the shop stewards committee were to vote on the deal on Tuesday of this week as Socialist Worker went to press.