Belfast Telegraph

Staff at Co Down manufacturer Glen Dimplex to strike over pay

By John Mulgrew

Staff working at a Co Down manufacturing firm are due to strike on Thursday over pay.

Workers at the Glen Dimplex in Newry, which produces heating appliances, are due to stop work on Thursday over pay, according to the Services Industrial Professional and Technical Union (Siptu).

Members of Siptu at the plant are due to strike between Thursday morning at 7.45am and 7.30am on Friday, the union said.

Siptu organiser, Denis Sheridan said: “The workers had been involved in negotiations with the company for some time concerning an increase in pay.

“Unfortunately, due to the intransigence shown by management at these talks no agreement was reached.

“This work stoppage is the first of several planned for the coming weeks and is in addition to an ongoing work-to-rule campaign at the plant which includes a ban on overtime and call outs.”

There are around 120 Siptu members working at the Glen Dimplex plant in Newry.

Established by Dublin native Martin Naughton in 1973, Glen Dimplex's brands include Morphy Richards, Creda, Belling along with Dimplex.

Siptu's Alan Clark, said: “Our members have sought to find a negotiated solution to this dispute. Glen Dimplex is a profitable company and it is only fair that the workers who produce its high quality heating and other products are rewarded in an acceptable manner for their work.

“We regret that we have found it necessary to implement strike action in an attempt to bring an end to this dispute.”

Glen Dimplex in Northern Ireland consists of a base in Craigavon, where electrical appliances are distributed, one in Portadown, where heaters are manufactured, and one in Newry, where convector heaters and heat pumps are manufactured.

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