December 12 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Strike action at a Norwich-based chemical company has been suspended, as union bosses consult their members over a new pay offer.
More than 120 workers at the Sweetbriar Road chemical company had been due to begin the first of a series of 12-hour strikes tomorrow, followed by another on Tuesday.
further action has been planned for Thursday and Saturday, but has been suspended pending the outcome of consultation.
Ivan Mercer, GMB Organiser said, “Briar Chemicals have finally made an offer that GMB is able to recommend to our members. As a result the strike action for this Sunday and Tuesday is suspended while the ballot takes place.”
According to its latest set of accounts, the business made pre-tax profits of £4.1m for the period ending December 2012, and turned over £14.4m.
But it had been reluctant to back a salary rise for workers because its main income stream is expected to drop over the next four years, as a result of contract conditions with its major client.
The company was formerly known as Bayer CropScience, but changed its name to Briar Chemicals after its German parent company sold the business to the Munich-based Aurelius Group.
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