Glass workers in Doncaster and Barnsley set to strike over pay

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Workers at a Doncaster bottle manufacturer are set to strike in a dispute over pay.

Employees of Ardagh Glass in Doncaster and Barnsley will start a series of strikes starting next week over what they claim is a ‘very inadequate’ pay offer.

The workers, members of Unite, the country’s largest union and the GMB union, have voted overwhelmingly for strike action and for industrial action short of a strike, say union leaders.

The strikes, which will hit shifts at Doncaster, Barnsley and Knottingley in Yorkshire, and at Irvine in Ayrshire, are due to start on Friday, August 9, and continue to Monday, September 9.

In a statement, Unite said Ardagh Glass made £65 million in pre-tax profits last year and employs about 1,300 workers.

Unite workers at the Yorkshire sites voted by a margin of 90 per cent in favour of industrial action short of a strike and by 84 per cent for strike action.

At the Doncaster site on Barnby Dun Road, strikes will affect different shifts on August 9, 10, 15 and 23 and September 2, 3 and 8.

All day shifts at Doncaster will be affected on August 12 and September 9.

At Barnsley, strikes will affect different shifts on August 9, 10, 12, 15 and 27.