Ballot set next week

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WORKERS at the British Sugar plant in Bury St Edmunds are set to be balloted over possible industrial action.

Unite members at four British Sugar factories will be balloted over a pay dispute.

The 250 members rejected a 3.5 per cent pay offer.

Unite will begin balloting them on Wednesday asking whether to take strike action or industrial action. The ballot will close on October 12.

Unite regional officer, Mick Doherty, said: “Our members are being hit very hard by the soaring cost of living.

“British Sugar is a very profitable company, and despite its complaints that the sugar beet crop was hit by last winter’s bad weather, it is well able to afford a decent pay rise.”

Unite is seeking a pay increase equal to the current 5.2 per cent rate of inflation, plus an extra 0.5 per cent for April 2011 to April 2012.

Unite’s British Sugar members include engineers and production staff at the Bury St Edmunds plant and factories in Wissingham, Cantley and Newark.