Roughly 200 employees working for Tata Consumer Products, the manufacturer of Tetley goods for Canada and the UK, have agreed to a seven per cent salary increase. These workers are based out of Teesside in North East England. The workers are officially attached with the GMB trade union, a general trade union in the UK. The raise will be effective from 1 April 2023.
Tetley’s workforce, dominated by women, enjoys a minimum of 35 days of annual leave, along with an annual bonus plan dependent on company performance. Additionally, they have access to a defined contribution pension scheme featuring contributions of 10 per cent from the employer and six per cent from the employee. The convenience of complimentary on-site parking is available across all locations. Employees can also benefit from an employee assistance programme and an exclusive employee discount programme.
Earlier this year, employees at Tetley commenced a voting process for potential strike action due to a pay dispute. In a recent vote this month, 88 per cent of participants rejected a prior pay agreement and subsequently voted in favour of a strike. However, specific dates for the strike were not disclosed at that time.
Members of the GMB trade union are grappling with challenges in providing for their families. They were, therefore, simply seeking equitable compensation for their proficient contributions. Over time, their standard of living had eroded, and the union believes that Tata holds the ability to rectify this situation for the workers and their families. Such actions would also play a significant role in securing the future availability of well-compensated employment opportunities in the Teesside region.