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Deeside Ifor Williams workers down tools for second strike

WORKERS at a Deeside trailer manufacturer staged their second of three planned strikes yesterday.

About 40 Ifor Williams employees downed tools at Deeside Industrial Estate in a row over pay and conditions.

Tony Brady, regional representative for trade union Unite, said members would continue to strike until the company agreed to talk to them about an ‘unacceptable’ pay rise offer.

A third one-day strike is planned at the site for next Wednesday, May 4.

Mr Brady said: “We have heard absolutely nothing from the company at all. They haven’t offered to talk to us, so we will keep striking indefinitely until they do.”

A spokesman said: “We respect the right to take action and we are always open to talk in a bid to resolve the situation.

“The offer would increase the hourly rate for all affected production operators to £9.10 an hour, which we believe is an attractive rate well above the average for the Deeside area.

“It represents a 1.5% increase on basic/shift pay from April 1, 2011.

“In addition, we would pay a taxable lump sum of £318 and, despite continuing uncertainty in the economic climate, would protect the shift pay until February 28, 2012.”