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Industrial Meat supply workers vote 80% to strike in pay beef

MEAT supply workers in Scotland have voted for strike action over pay by a majority of more than 80 per cent.

Members of the Usdaw union at Scotbeef, which runs plants in East Kilbride and Queenslie in Glasgow, are planning a series of one-day walkouts after rejecting a below-inflation 1.7 per cent pay increase.

In the ballot on industrial action, 81.2 per cent backed strikes in pursuit of a better offer.

Scotbeef is one of Britain's largest privately owned fresh meat companies, with customers including Aldi, Lidl, the Macdonald Hotel Group and Marks and Spencer.

Union divisional officer Stewart Forrest said: “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.

“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.”


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