Unions hopeful of a new pay deal for 3,000 Scunthorpe steelworks employees

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 9 Aug 2017

Talks – said to be at a “meaningful stage” – are continuing over a pay rise for 2017/18 for the 3,000 employees on the British Steel Scunthorpe works.

The steelworkers who last year accepted a pay freeze and a three per cent wage cut to help get the company back in profit are represented by the trade unions, Community, Unite and the GMB.

Since the first year of trading ended in profit in June, British Steel has paid back the three per cent and given employees a shares stake in the company.

But many of the town’s steelworkers feel their standard of living since 2013 has dropped and a significant pay rise is due.

Paul McBean, chair of the works multi-union committee

Paul McBean, the chairman of the works multi-union committee, said: “We are still in ‘meaningful’ talks with the company.

“We have more talks in the diary to continue dialogue over the pay deal for 2017/18.

“Hopefully a deal can be reached very shortly."

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