Workers at Ardagh Glass in Wheatley vote for strike action

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Workers at glass manufacturer Ardagh Glass in Wheatley are to go on strike over pay.

In a GMB and Unite ballot, hundreds of workers from the Barnby Dun Road site voted in favour of an overtime ban from this Saturday to Monday, September 23.

There will also be 24-hour walk-outs this Monday, September 16, and September 23.

GMB organiser Bob McNeil said: “The company has made very good profits. They have set targets for everyone at Doncaster and the workers have contributed and done their bit to achieve £65million profit for the company.

“Our members are saying all they want is a fair share of that profit.”

Union members rejected a 5.5 per cent pay rise over two years.

A spokesman for Ardagh Group said the company is putting plans in place to ensure it can continue to supply customers.

He added: “We are disappointed by this outcome. We have already made an increased offer following conciliation with ACAS (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) and have also offered to enter into arbitration talks with an independent third party, but this offer has been rejected.

“We respect and value our employees and currently pay typically double the UK National Living Wage to our factory employees.”