Deeside trailer firm staff could strike over pay

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FACTORY workers could be set to ballot over strike action in a pay and conditions dispute.

Union representatives revealed last night that 40 production operatives at the Ifor Williams Trailers (IWT) site on Deeside Industrial Park have rejected the company’s latest pay offer.

Tony Brady, regional officer for Unite, said: “I can confirm the workers have rejected the company’s pay offer. However, I cannot comment at this stage on what the next stage in the process is likely to be.”

IWT produce horseboxes, livestock trailers and a wide range of commercial and domestic use trailers.

The firm, Europe’s biggest trailer maker, has been trading for more than 50 years and in 2008 more than 60 staff were made redundant from from its Bala site and
head office in Cynwydd, Corwen.

The current dispute is confined to the Deeside site, on zone two of the industrial park.

A company spokesman said: “Like many companies we are experiencing difficult trading conditions and the market is unpredictably volatile.

“This matter involves 40 production operatives at IWT, Deeside.

“We have not received notification of a ballot for industrial action.”

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