Warwickshire dumper truck maker Thwaites Ltd facing industrial action over pay

WORKERS at dumper-truck maker Thwaites in Warwickshire will be balloted for strike action in a dispute over pay, Unite confirmed today.  The union slammed bosses at the Leamington Spa-based company for offering welders a below-inflation pay increase of just 3 per cent. The ballot opens on Tuesday and closes on December 7, with stoppages expected to begin early next year if members back walkouts, Unite said. 

General secretary Sharon Graham said: “With inflation rates rising, families are facing a cost-of-living crisis, and employers must understand that workers will not accept below-inflation pay increases. “Unite is committed to ensuring the jobs, pay and conditions of all its members, and it will fully support the workforce at Thwaites.” The union’s regional officer Su Lowe called on bosses to make a renewed pay offer to help avoid disruption. 

She said: “The company has a very healthy order book and the ability to make a fair pay offer.

“A failure to do so will result in a retention crisis, as workers leave for better paid jobs elsewhere.”

Thwaites has been contacted for comment.