Workers at a manufacturing company in Nelson have secured a pay rise following successful strike action.

The union Unite has announced that workers at ELE Advanced Technologies have secured a 13 per cent pay increase.  

The workers began strike action this week (Wednesday, May 1). After one day of industrial action, ELE Advanced Technologies made an improved offer, which workers were balloted on and accepted. The strike action was paused.

In the terms of the deal, 80 engineers will receive an additional £3,250 to their annual pay, from May 1, 2024. They will also get two extra days holiday across the Christmas period.

Unite general secretary, Sharon Graham, said: “By standing together in unity and taking strike action, our members ensured that ELE made a vastly improved offer.

“This deal demonstrates that Unite’s laser-like focus on jobs, pay and conditions is delivering for its members.”

Regional officer, Ross Quinn said: “Our members should hold their heads high after this hard-fought win. Their collective strength on the picket line secured this excellent pay deal and further improvements to conditions.”

ELE Advanced Technologies specialises in aerospace, industrial gas and commercial diesel engine sectors, and has worked with Rolls Royce and Siemens.

David Stanley, CEO of ELE Advanced Technologies, said: "We are pleased that the pay offer has been accepted by our employees.

“We are now looking forward to the future and are focused on making it a successful one for all of us at ELE Advanced Technologies.

“Over recent months we have made significant capital investment in a new manufacturing facility and advanced technologies that will enable us to expand with existing and new customers, creating opportunities for the business to drive growth for the years ahead.”