Barnoldswick workers reject deal

Submitted by AWL on 5 October, 2021 - 10:17 Author: Ollie Moore
Barnoldswick picket

Workers at the Rolls Royce plant in Barnoldswick have voted overwhelmingly to reject an offer from management aimed at settling the latest phase of a dispute over job losses.

The offer does not include a key union demand, for a five-year guarantee of no compulsory redundancies, and workers feel it does not go far enough in terms of concrete guarantees to implement previous commitments around minimum staffing levels.

The deal was rejected unanimously by the works section, and by 98.5% by other staff. Unite will now organise meetings of its members to discuss next steps, which could include a resumption of industrial action.

A previous round of strikes at Barnoldswick ended in apparent victory, with management committing to maintain jobs at the site, identify additional work streams, and create an on-site academy to guarantee future jobs. The dispute resumed when it became clear these commitments were being reneged on.

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