Members of the T&G union at Pirelli Tyres have voted 66 percent in favour of full strike action and 78 percent in favour of action short of a strike on a 78 percent turnout. The union has 900 members at the Carlisle and Burton on Trent plants.
The union has annouced a strike will take place on Friday of next week.
A strike would seriously disrupt production at Pirelli. The vote follows the rejection of a 2.2 percent pay offer from management.
In the run-up to the vote, Pirelli bosses met every employee at the two plants to try to convince them against voting for industrial action, but workers ignored this.
Peter Booth, T&G national organiser for manufacturing, said, “The overwhelming vote in favour of industrial action shows the strength of feeling against the company’s 2.2 percent final pay offer.
“Pirelli Tyres is one of the most profitable parts of the group, and our members clearly feel that a below-inflation pay offer does not reflect their expectations, particularly with the rising prices of energy.”