Glen Dimplex in Portadown must end cycle of poverty pay by offering workers a decent pay rise

Unite has made a counter-offer to management to end debilitating strike and awaits management response

First day of strike action at home heater manufacturer resulted in a collapse in production. Two more strike days to follow.

Nine out of ten Glen Dimplex workers voted yesterday evening to reject a last minute pay offer by management. A vote which matched the strength of the previous ballot for strike action [96 percent for strike action]. Workers’ anger at the way they have been treated is growing day by day.

Workers’ pickets went up at 6am at the gates of Glen Dimplex and production at the site has collapsed as production workers joined the action. That produced a collapse in production which can only get worse as the strike action continues.

Sharon Graham, Unite General Secretary spoke out in favour of the workers’ action.  

The union members action has been bold and effective. They are now definitely in ‘Enough is Enough’ mode. They have the full support of Unite in their fight to end poverty pay.

“The employers in Northern Ireland just like those across the rest of the UK need to recognise that Unite is determined to improve our members’ jobs, raise pay and conditions, as never before.”

The strike follows months of inaction on pay talks by by Glen Dimplex management. The talks were meant to be resolved in April 2021. The company has not negotiated in any ‘good faith’ manner with the union throughout the dispute.

Unite put forward a counter-proposal pay offer to the Labour Relations Agency this morning which includes a recognition of the efforts of the workforce throughout the Covid pandemic as well as a respectable back pay deal. Regional Officer, Neil Moore said that management knew what was needed to end the dispute and avoid a likely escalation.

Originally this dispute was about workers achieving pay justice and a genuine Living Wage. Now that workers, some of whom have worked more than twenty years at the site, have been forced onto picket lines its about securing respect as well as putting a permanent end to the cycle of poverty pay.

The cost of the workers’ pay claim for the full year is less than what we estimate the company lost today in production, or for that matter the amount they paid one of their Directors. Management know what is needed to end this and show their workers respect.

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