UNION officials say strikes at Perkins Engines will continue indefinitely until bosses “recognise the importance of their workers”.
Shop floor workers again picketed outside the Tixall Road plant as they continued an industrial dispute over pay.
Stafford GMB Union’s Colin Griffiths told the Newsletter the strike remains “solid” among Perkins’ core workforce.
He said: “Although the company claims staff have been coming in to work, they’re largely referring to agency workers who have no grievance with them.
“There’s been no progress on any type of negotiation, so we’re still very much in dispute.
“They claim to have made a fair and competitive offer, but a zero per cent pay rise doesn’t reflect that.
“We’ll continue however long it takes for the company to realise these workers have made them a lot of money and recognise the work they do.” Strikes have entered a third week after Perkins, which employs 700 people in Stafford, offered workers a four per cent pay rise from September 2011, but a second consecutive freeze this year.
A Perkins spokesman said: “We remain disappointed members of Unite the Union and the GMB continue with industrial action, but, again, a majority of people have come into work.
“During 2009 and 2010 all Perkins UK employees didn’t get a pay increase or bonus because of the global recession.
“However, although the economic circumstances remain challenging, we’ve offered production employees at Stafford an increase of four per cent in June, which we believe is fair and competitive.
“This proposed increase will follow a bonus payout in March of around 11.5% of basic pay, recognising employees’ contribution and the company’s performance during 2010.
“We continue to be open to discussions while taking decisions that will best position the company, the facility, and our employees for long-term success.
“In the meantime our customers remain a priority and we are doing everything we can to minimise the potential disruption.”