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Tayto workers reject call for strike action in crunch union vote

By Staff Reporter

Published 29/04/2016

Delighted: Tayto’s Martin McElhinney
Delighted: Tayto’s Martin McElhinney

Staff at the Tayto factory in Tandragee have rejected a call by a union for strike action, the crisp maker has said.

There are fears that up to 80 jobs could be lost in Co Armagh after the snack manufacturer claimed production costs here are considerably higher than at any of its sites in England.

Group Operations Director, Martin McElhinney, said: "We are delighted that only 42 people voted in favour of strike action. That is less than a third of Unite's members at Tayto.

"It is also less than 3% of our total workforce, all of whom have been subject to the same new rates of pay brought about by the Government's introduction of the National Living Wage. We would like to reiterate that none of our colleagues have suffered financially as a result of this new legislation, their salaries have either gone up or remained the same."

Unite said it would comment after speaking to staff.

The union has previously criticised the "disgraceful behaviour from a group who announced pre-tax profits for 2015 of more than £7m".

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