Workers at Pirelli Tyres have voted in favour of industrial action in a dispute over pay.
More than 900 workers in Carlisle and Burton-on-Trent were balloted by the Transport and General Workers (T&G) union after rejecting the company’s final pay offer of 2.2%.
Industrial action could seriously disrupt the production of Pirelli Tyres, a major producer and exporter of tyres, and one of the most profitable parts of the Italian multinational Pirelli Group.
Peter Booth, T&G national organiser for manufacturing, said: “The overwhelming vote in favour of industrial action shows the strength of feeling against the company’s 2.2% final pay offer. Pirelli Tyres is one of the most profitable parts of the group, and our members clearly feel that a below inflation pay offer does not reflect their expectations, particularly with rising prices of energy.
“We now have a strong mandate for action and the stewards will meet this week to determine the nature of that action. We have today informed the company of the ballot result and urge them to reconsider.”
Amicus, which represents about 200 members at Pirelli, is also balloting members for industrial action.