Nissan cleaners’ walk-out threat

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DOZENS of cleaning staff at Nissan’s Sunderland plant could walk out in a row over pay.

Cleaners employed by Initial have voted in favour of industrial action up to and including striking.

Unite spokesman Brian Cole said feelings were running high among staff.

“We are talking about just over 100 people – they have not had a pay increase for three years,” he said.

“People are feeling really hard hit.

“They are on low wages to start with, not much more than the minimum wage some of them, and they are doing a hard job at Nissan.

“We have held a strike ballot and they have voted in favour of industrial action up to and including a strike. We have got a mass meeting on Sunday at which we will discuss possible dates for strike action as a last resort.”

Talks had been held with conciliation service Acas in a bid to resolve the dispute, but had broken down.

The company has now brought forward an improved offer which the union is recommending members accept. They have made a new offer.

“We will be putting it to the members on Sunday and recommending they accept,” said Mr Cole.

A spokesman for Initial Facilities said: “Following ongoing discussions, we can confirm that a revised offer was sent to Unite on Monday.

“This offer fully met the original terms requested by Unite, made under Acas arbitration, and as such we believe that it is a fair offer and should be accepted.”

A Nissan spokesman emphasised the dispute was between Initial and its staff and did not involve the company’s own employees.

“We are aware of discussions that are taking place between Initial Cleaning Services and Unite,” he said.

“We have no further comment to make at this time.”

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