Barnoldswick workers to vote

Submitted by martin on 21 September, 2021 - 6:34 Author: Ollie Moore
Barnoldswick workers' protest

Workers at the Rolls Royce plant in Barnoldswick will vote on a new proposal from management, following further strikes by a section of the workforce in July, and a subsequent vote by the entire workforce for further action.

It looks likely that the workers’ union, Unite, will not recommend acceptance of the proposal, as it does not include one of the workers’ key demands, for a five-year no-compulsory-redundancies guarantee. The last phase of the dispute at Barnoldswick began after Rolls Royce announced it was reneging on an agreement, secured following extensive strikes in 2020, to guarantee staffing levels at the plant and to secure new work streams.

Should the proposal be rejected, workers could use their live industrial action ballot mandate to launch further strikes.

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