WALES - Workers are threatening to escalate strike action at a small trailer-making firm in North Wales unless it increases its pension contributions.
Trade union GMB said it was disappointed with the lack of significant concessions in talks with Ifor Williams Trailors.
Workers have staged three one-day strikes following the breakdown of talks to end a dispute over pay and conditions at plants in Cynwyd, Bala and Corwen.
The GMB put forward a claim for an increase in employer pension contributions from 3% to 5% into the final salary scheme, but regional organiser Dave Cliff reported little response from the horsebox and trailer-making company.
Cliff said the union wanted a contribution increase from the company to prevent members “ending up with inadequate, unliveable pensions”.
But he said: “It is proving extremely difficult to find out basic details about the pension schemes in place, although it appears there is one longer term, and another reasonably recent arrangement.”
He pointed out that the scheme was set up 40 years ago, with more rapid expansion in recent years as staff numbers reached 500.”
He added: “The increase in contributions we are hoping for is not large but so far it has been difficult even getting anyone to talk to us.”
Negotiations have been taking place at arbitration service Acas but so far there has been no progress to suggest plans for further industrial action will be scrapped.
A statement released by Ifor Williams reported the majority of staff had accepted its original pay offer and were working normally.
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