Agreement reached to resolve Livingston packaging dispute

15 Jun

Unite members at API Foils in Livingston have welcomed a deal which has ended weeks of industrial action after the company removed union facilities for activists and changed employee’s terms and conditions of employment.

The company have given Unite written commitments that going forward they will respect the collective bargaining agreement and engage in meaningful consultation over workers’ terms and conditions of employment.

Unite is delighted that the company has recognised the role the Livingston plant plays in the group’s business and following years of austerity at the company they made the decision to share that with the employees.

Unite national officer, Steve Sibbald, said, “After a week of meetings we have reached an agreement with the employer that resolves this dispute. API accepted that it failed to consult and failed to recognise the collective bargaining agreement with Unite.

We have now received written agreement stating that API will respect the collective bargaining agreement with Unite and in future will have meaningful consultations.”

Unite regional officer, Gillian McKay, who has been involved in the dispute from the start, added, It’s not been an easy period for the workforce and strike action wasn’t a decision that was taken lightly, particularly in this economic climate.

Our members are delighted they can return to normal working and also that the issues which caused the dispute have been resolved, in addition to securing a further 1 per cent increase on basic pay from 1 July 2012.

The Unite negotiating committee is now looking forward to working with the company in the spirit of the collective bargaining agreement starting on the 25 June.”

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Notes to Editors: for further information please contact Unite Regional Industrial Officer on 07798531007.

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