ALMOST 200 workers at an aerospace factory have voted to strike over a pay rise offer described as “very inadequate”.
Workers at Magellan Aerospace, based on the Llay Industrial Estate, have voted overwhelmingly for strike action after a three-year pay offer was rejected by staff.
Officials from Unite, Wales’ largest union, met with workers on Tuesday at the Rackery Lane site to discuss dates for industrial action.
Unite’s members, who represent nearly all of the 200-strong shop floor workforce, voted by 92 per cent for strike action and by 95 per cent for industrial action short of a strike to reject the pay deal.
The offer tabled by Magellan bosses was for a 1.75 per cent increase in 2014, 1.85 per cent in 2015 and 1.95 per cent in 2016.
Magellan bosses yesterday said their three-year pay offer was “fair and reasonable”.
The factory designs, manufactures and supplies aerospace structural components, with a customer list which includes plane giants Airbus and Boeing.
Unite’s deputy regional secretary for Wales, Peter Hughes, said: “Magellan and the aerospace sector generally are making very handsome profits, yet it has
offered the dedicated and highly skilled workforce a very inadequate three-year pay deal.
“The level of anger our members feel is reflected by the overwhelming vote for strike action and industrial action short of a strike.
“We call on the management to get back around the table and negotiate a fair and equitable pay deal that reflects the cost of living crisis our members and their families are facing on a daily basis.”
A Magellan Aerospace spokesman said: “The company has offered a fair and reasonable three-year deal, including an enhanced profit related bonus, in a very competitive market place.
“Magellan has a long term contract to supply components to Airbus and as part of that partnership is committed to delivering the best value for money products so Airbus can continue to grow their market share and in so doing improve the local economy.
“In order for us to meet our commitment, secure and grow employment in the UK, and avoid work and jobs moving to low cost economies we have to control our costs.
“Unfortunately we have not managed to help our workforce understand this.
“However, the door is not closed and we will be discussing the way forward so that all of our employees can benefit today and in the future from the success of the business in Wrexham.”