Production has resumed at Bridgestone Australia’s Salisbury plant as employees previously stood down during industrial action returned to work. However the company has been advised that more industrial action is in the pipeline, with overtime bans imposed for the week of March 12 and a 24-hour strike scheduled on March 19.
A Bridgestone spokesman has assured consumers that supplies of Bridgestone products would not be affected by these actions.
Further to reports that Bridgestone workers in South Australia had commenced industrial action over a pay dispute, the company has released news that, as a result, it has taken the decision to stand down workers. Bridgestone management says the action has affected production and therefore some staff have been told not to return to work until further notice.
Bridgestone workers in Australia have followed their threats with action, and employees at the company’s Salisbury plant near Adelaide, in South Australia, have begun industrial action over a pay dispute. According to Bridgestone, production and maintenance staff at the plant commenced a series of four-hour stoppages at 2am on March 8.
Employees at a Bridgestone factory in South Australia have voted to take strike action in order to obtain a wage rise. The company offered workers at its Salisbury plant a pay rise of up to 6 per cent over four years, however the workers’ representative body, the Liquor Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union (LHMU), has referred to the rise as insulting.
The United Steelworkers (USW) has advised Goodyear that it was giving the company the required 72-hour notice to terminate the extension of the parties’ labour contract. The contract expired on 22 July 2006, and both parties agreed to an extension that could be terminated with 72 hours notice. Some industry observers have interpreted this to be a precursor to industrial action. A possible strike would affect Goodyear’s 12 North American plants (eight tyre factories and four engineered products plants).
Talks between Pirelli and the Transport and General Workers Union (T&G) have resulted in Pirelli tabling an “improved” pay deal. Although exact details of the pay offer have not been disclosed T&G representatives told Tyres & Accessories that it was enough for the union to “suspend” industrial action. According to T&G, the details will be released once the union members have been notified of the new offer. A ballot will be conducted in the first week of September.
“The proposals we will now put to our members are a significant improvement on the company’s previous ‘final’ offer,” said T&G national organiser for manufacturing Peter Booth. “The offer fully justifies the strong stance taken by our members in support of their pay claim, and I believe it an acceptable conclusion to this claim.”
Pirelli originally offered workers a 1.1 per cent pay rise back in April. This was followed by the 2.2 per cent offer which provoked the union’s strike ballot. The latest offer, which was negotiated with the assistance the conciliation service ACAS, seems sure to be in excess of this. Pirelli representatives were unavailable for comment.
A union spokesperson refused to comment on the union’s perspective of the long-term future of the Carlisle plant until after the ballot.
Representatives from Pirelli Tyres UK and unions representing workers at the company’s Burton and Carlisle production plants are to meet. The talks, scheduled for later this week, are seen as an attempt to avoid the planned strike action, which is due to take place on 25 August.
In the UK, two Unions are today balloting Pirelli workers at plants in Carlisle and Burton-on-Trent about possible industrial action, following the rejection of a 2.2 per cent pay offer. The largest Union is the Transport and General Workers, which has 900 members at Pirelli, while the second Union is Amicus, with 200 members. A T&G spokesman described the plants as “highly profitable for Pirelli”, adding: “The plants need support and investment, not a squeeze on pay.”
Workers at Michelin’s Stoke-on-Trent remix factory have voted to end industrial action. Members of the Transport and General Workers Union (TGWU) had been refusing to work overtime for the past two weeks. Workers voted to accept the manufacturers revised deal “under protest,” T&G convenor Robert Taylor is reported as saying.
There will now be a £650 unconsolidated pay rise for 2005 with potentially £350 in performance-related pay and a minimum of a two per cent increase next year, he said. Managers at Michelin are said to be “pleased the pay situation has been resolved.”
Workers at the Michelin tyre factory in Stoke-on-Trent have voted to take industrial action in a dispute over pay. The workers had previously decided to take measures including ‘working to rule,’ but then suspended preparations following a “positive” meeting with management. Now around 400 members of the Transport and General Workers Union (T&G) have decided to demonstrate outside the Remix plant. An overtime ban has been in place since 6:00am on Friday. As a result of the action, production at the plant is said to be very slightly down.
The Transport & General Workers Union (T&G) has agreed hold off on planned industrial action for seven days. Union members at Michelin’s Stoke-on-Trent plant had agreed to work to rule, but the decision was suspended following a “positive” meeting with management. If no agreement on the pay offer can be reached, the industrial action will go ahead on 11 March, the Birmingham Post reported. A planned demonstration will also be postponed, the newspaper added.
Workers at Michelin’s Stoke-on-Trent Remix plant have voted to take industrial action after a dispute over pay conditions. Members of the Transport and General Workers Union (T&G) at the factory supported strike action by almost three to one and industrial action short of strikes by just over four to one. 81 per cent of the T&G members took part in the vote.
Around 400 workers at Michelin’s Stoke-on-Trent Remix plant will start industrial action at the end of next week, the Financial Times has reported. The work force is to ban overtime, work to rule and withdraw co-operation. The new follows workers’ decision to reject a non-consolidated pay rise of £650, or around three per cent.
The threat of strike action at the Michelin tyre plant in Ballymena has been lifted, the Belfast Telegraph has reported. Workers at the plant voted by a substantial majority not to embark on a course of industrial action. As a result, union negotiators have told management that a pay offer, which had been rejected in November will now be accepted.
Workers at Michelin’s Ballymena plant are to vote over possible strike action. The outcome of an indicative vote on industrial action at the Michelin tyre factory should be known early next week. The vote follows the news that workers at Michelin’s Dundee operation have accepted the terms, while workers at the company’s Stoke-on-Trent site are in the process of postal ballot about the strike action.