Encirc management must adopt a more conciliatory approach to workers taking lawful industrial action
Threats and insults to striking workers have no role in modern and progressive industrial relations
July 1st: Unite Regional Officer with responsibility for workers at Encirc glass in Ireland, Sean Smyth, has expressed the strong sense of solidarity felt by members here for their colleagues taking strike action in Chester:
“Workers in Chester voted overwhelmingly to take strike action after rejecting a two-year management pay offer which would have left them without any basic pay increase in the second year. The strike action, lead by over three hundred Unite members, has impacted deliveries to the company’s customers, including Heineken, InBev and Diageo.
“Our membership in Encirc Glass based in Fermanagh and Cavan are keen to express their solidarity for the striking workers in Chester. Unite will be establishing a solidarity fund for donations to support those workers on strike.
“Management have responded to this lawful action by threatening and insulting striking workers. We have made it clear that we will not accept our members being abused and mistreated in that way and have reported this action to conciliation service, ACAS, as well as enlisting the help of local Chester MP, Justin Madders.
“My colleagues in England have contacted the Health and Safety Executive over concerns that breaches may have occurred due to management actions during the strike.
“We urge management to see sense and adopt a conciliatory approach to resolving this dispute. They must sit down with Unite representatives and negotiate a settlement that meets our members’ concerns. Threats and insults to striking workers have no role in modern and progressive industrial relations”, Mr Smyth concluded.