Victory for API foils workers
Unite members at API Foils in Livingston have welcomed a deal which ends weeks of industrial action over the imposition of new contracts on staff and the withdrawal of union facilities.
Following a series of one-day strikes on Fridays which began last month, officials say the company has given written commitments that it will respect established agreements in the future and engage in ‘meaningful consultation’ over new the contracts.
Management has also agreed to a further 1% in basic pay for staff.
Workers at the West Lothian site make specialised packaging and labels.
The union protested that local management had withdrawn facilities such as computers from reps at the plant and locked them out of offices which contained union files.
Neil Findlay said:
” This is a great victory for the workers at Livingston – it shows that when people stick together and stand up to attempts to bully them they can achieve great results. UNITE officials led this dispute well and secured a fine result for their members – congratulations to all concerned.”