Sugar workers accept pay deal

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WORKERS at British Sugar in the East of England have ‘reluctantly’ accepted a new pay offer after a union poll deemed there was insufficient support for industrial action.

Union Unite’s 250 members at factories in Bury St Edmunds, Wissington, Cantley and Newark, decided to accept a 3.5 per cent pay offer after holding a ballot into whether a strike was neccessary.

The union had been seeking to secure a pay deal for its members that would equal the Retail Price Index inflation rate.

Unite’s regional Officer, Tony Ellingford, said: “Our members have unhappily and reluctantly accepted the company’s pay offer - the decision was taken in the context of the grim economic climate that does not look improving under the coalition governent.

“Our members did hold an industrial action ballot, but it was deemed that there was insufficient support, by a narrow margin, for such action.”