Staff at four British Sugar sites will vote next Wednesday (21 September) on possible industrial action after rejecting an offer of a 3.5% pay increase.
The Unite union said today (14 September) that workers wanted a pay deal equal to the Retail Price Index measure of inflation, which is currently running at 5.2%. Staff also want a 0.5% supplement for 12 months from this April.
Unite regional officer Mick Doherty said: “Our members are being hit very hard by the soaring cost of living. British Sugar is a very profitable company, and despite its complaints that the sugar beet crop was hit by last winter’s bad weather, it is well able to afford a decent pay rise.”