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Usdaw urges Scotbeef to improve their pay offer after an overwhelming vote for industrial action

Date: 01 December 2017 Usdaw members working at Scotbeef have voted by 81.2% to take industrial action after the company failed to make an acceptable pay offer. The most recent offer of a 1.7% pay rise linked to a change in break entitlements was rejected by a significant majority of the membership.
The industrial action will affect Scotbeef workplaces in East Kilbride and Queenslie in Glasgow. There will be no more than one 24 hour strike in a calendar week.

Scotbeef is one of UK's largest privately owned fresh meat companies, producing meat products for the UK and export retail market. Their main customers are: Aldi, Lidl, the Macdonald Hotel Group and Marks & Spencer.

Stewart Forrest - Usdaw Divisional Officer says: “Usdaw has engaged positively with Scotbeef during the 2017 pay review, but the company has so far failed to make an offer acceptable to our members. This breakdown in negotiations has forced Usdaw to conduct an industrial action ballot and our members have overwhelmingly backed a series of 24 hour strikes.

“It is deeply regrettable that the company has pushed our members to this point and we urge them to bring forward an offer in line with our members’ expectations.”

Notes for editors:

Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) is the UK's fifth biggest trade union with over 430,000 members. Membership has increased by more than 28% over the last decade. Most Usdaw members work in the retail sector, but the Union also has many members in transport, distribution, food manufacturing, chemicals and other trades.

The formal strike ballot of 243 members was conducted by an independent scrutineer (Electoral Reform Services), which opened on Monday 20 November and closed at noon on Friday 1 December. 81.2% of Usdaw members balloted voted for industrial action on a turnout of 54.7%.
Number of individuals who were entitled to vote in the ballot:            243
Number of votes cast in the ballot:                                                      133
Number of individuals answering 'yes' to the question:                       108
Number of individuals answering 'no' to the question:                         25
Number of spoiled or otherwise invalid voting papers returned:          0
The number of votes cast in the ballot was at least 50% of the number of individuals entitled to vote in the ballot.

For Usdaw press releases visit: http://www.usdaw.org.uk/news and you can follow us on Twitter @UsdawUnion

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