STRIKING workers at a cable factory in Wrexham say being offered a 0.1 per cent wage rise was a "kick in the teeth".

During the second of seven days of strike action of Prysmian Cables, based on Wrexham Industrial estate, the Leader spoke to several employees who are amongst over 200 on the picket line.

The dispute is over an "insulting" pay offer which has been branded as "unacceptable" by Unite the Union.

Last year, Prysmian Group made an 840 million euro profit - but has refused a 2 per cent pay increase for its workers at the Wrexham site.

The 2 per cent award had been balloted in 2020, but was removed during the pandemic. They have since been offered a 0.1 per cent rise, despite working throughout the pandemic - which included making cables for the Nightingale hospitals.

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Unite says the management at the site has failed to engage with them throughout the process and has warned that they will "escalate" measures if needs be.

Despite national inflation rates, Prysmian employees haven't had a pay rise since 2019.

Chris Peckham, who has worked at the facility for over 30 years, said: "We came to work in fear for our lives during the pandemic.

"And to not even be offered a 2 per cent rise in our wages is a kick in the teeth and very insulting."

Other employees said all they are demanding is a fair settlement.

"We're not asking for 10 or 15 per cent or anything like that," an employee said.

"All we want is 2 per cent - which is enough for us to cope with the current rates of inflation. National insurance, gas, electric - everything's going up in price, and we haven't had an increase in pay since 2019."

Unite's regional co-ordinating officer, Tony Brady, said: "The Prysmian strike will continue until our members get what they deserve.

"The company have failed to use the past week to engage with Unite in any meaningful way. Our members resolve is strong and they are determined to continue their industrial action until a decent and fair pay rise is on the table."

Prysmian Group has been approached for comment on the matter.