GSK bosses ‘commit to building positive relationships’ with the workforce

FACTORY bosses have ‘pledged to maintain positive relations’ with their staff after the strike was called off due to a pay rise.

The threat of a strike at GSK was averted this week after members of Unite, the UK’s main union, accepted an improved wage offer.

For the first time in company history, more than 1,000 workers, including engineers, technicians, lab analysts, warehouse workers, firefighters and laborers, voted for a strike that was to take place at several venues, including Ulverston.

Following a massive vote in favor of industrial action, further negotiations took place and an improved offer of an average value of 10.5% for each worker was made, which the members accepted, offering a 4.5% increase in base salary.

The revised offer was a substantial improvement over the 2.75 percent originally offered to the workers.

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A GSK spokeswoman said: ‘We are delighted to have reached an agreement with our employees covered by collective agreements at UK manufacturing sites.

“We are committed to maintaining positive relationships with our skilled manufacturing workforce and the unions that represent them.

Unite General Secretary Sharon Graham said: “By voting to strike, standing together, with their union firmly on their side, our members and representatives have won a significantly improved pay rise at GSK.

“This is further proof that Unite’s commitment to putting jobs, wages and conditions first delivers meaningful benefits to members.”

Tony Devlin, Unite Country Manager, said: “This was an unprecedented dispute at GSK and it would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our representatives.

“Unite will use this settlement as a stepping stone to ensure that in all future wage settlements, GSK properly rewards its employees.”

The dispute involved Unite members at the following sites: Montrose and Irvine in Scotland; Ware in Hertfordshire; Worthing in West Sussex; Barnard Castle in Durham; and Ulverston.

Michael A. Bynum