Belfast Telegraph

Dale Farm staff in strike threat

By Stewart Robson

Workers at Northern Ireland's largest dairy co-op, Dale Farm, have threatened strike action over disputes concerning pay for maintenance staff.

The business employs 1,300 people across the UK.

It's understood 20 employees from Dale Farm's three Northern Ireland factories in Ballymena, Cookstown and Cullybackey are potentially involved, backed by trade union Unite.

Unite representative Liam Gallagher called for management to "engage in meaningful negotiations". He added: "Unite members at three Dale Farm factories, Cookstown, Ballymena and Cullybackey, have voted overwhelmingly to endorse industrial action in a ballot conducted after the collapse of pay negotiations."

It is understood that 75% of the Unite members have voted for strike action. It is believed that the number of employees represented by the trade union is 1.5% of the total workforce.

In a statement, Dale Farm said: "While the number of employees represented by Unite at Dale Farm is approximately 1.5% of our total workforce, Dale Farm values its relationship with all unions representing our employees and works closely with them at all times on issues that may impact upon staff."

Belfast Telegraph

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