The aim was to find the best way forward for both parties to reach agreement in order to resolve the current pay issues and avoid further strike action.
The talks were positive and constructive, taking full account of the concerns and aspirations of both sides.
As a result, a new, further revised pay deal has been put forward by the company which the trade union team believe represents a significant move towards their members’ aspirations. This has been viewed positively by the full stewards committee and we believe it’s likely to be viewed positively by the workforce.
A secret ballot will now take place at Kitt Green from 10.30 today through to 12 noon on 18 January, allowing union members to decide on the deal tabled by Heinz.
The revised pay deal is 3.9% for 2010 and 3.9% for 2011 into the basic rates, together with consolidation of a pay supplement also into the basic pay from 28 October 2011.
Should the offer be accepted, both parties have agreed to work closely to build positive employment relations for the future.
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