Glass workers to strike again

STRIKE ACTION: Workers at Tyneside Safety Glass during the previous strike action	Picture: @swearymaryyoung

STRIKE ACTION: Workers at Tyneside Safety Glass during the previous strike action Picture: @swearymaryyoung

First published in Business News

WORKERS at a bulletproof glass maker are striking again over pay.

More than 110 staff at Tyneside Safety Glass will take two-week action from Monday, June 30.

It comes just days after a week-long strike over proposed wage increases.

Unite the union say the Gateshead firm’s offer of a three-year deal, including a three per cent rise and two yearly increases of two per cent, is paltry, claiming it features policies to make it self-funding.

Talks between the firm, the union, and Acas, the organisation that helps resolve workplace disputes, broke down yesterday.

The 77-year-old Team Valley Industrial Estate company, which made glass for the Second World War effort, told The Northern Echo it believes the offer is fair.

Bob Bolam, Unite regional officer, said: “The management refused to budge on pay at the Acas talks, although our members’ incomes are being constantly eroded by the cost of living crisis.

“Our members are taking strike action as a last resort over this paltry offer.

“They believe this profitable company could well afford to be more generous.

“The last strike was solid and was well supported and we urge management to get around the table and negotiate a fair and equable settlement for their hard-working staff.”

Trevor Storey, Tyneside Safety Glass’ finance director, previously said: “We made a series of offers, all of which were rejected.

“We believe the demands are unrealistic.”

The company was founded by Jack Davis in September 1937, originally making glass for the Second World War.

It later made ornamental glass products before moving into toughened and laminated glass for bus windows and windscreens.

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