Newry based business Haldane Fisher is one of the leading independent suppliers to the construction industry in the UK and Ireland. However Clanrye News and Sport can reveal the company has been pulled into disarray following a pay dispute with its workers.
Clanrye News and Sport has been contacted by employees of Haldane Fisher and can also reveal that workers within the business have been negogiating over pay. Clanrye News and Sport has also received the pay offer from Haldane Fisher to staff which was rejected. See below:
A spokesperson for Unite the Union said:
“As the real cost of living rockets past 9 per cent (RPI), management at Haldane Fisher must step up on pay, or face an escalating dispute. After rejection by the workforce of the latest below-inflation pay offer from management, Unite warned of potential escalation in their members’ campaign for a pay deal that protects their households from a crunching reduction in living conditions.”
Neil Moore, Regional Officer for Unite and official for workers at Haldane Fisher in Newry highlighted that while management were offering workers a below-inflation pay increase – the company posted pre-tax profits of over £7million.
Mr Moore added:
“Haldane Fisher remains a profitable and successful company and can certainly offer its workers a decent pay increase. The latest accounts show that the company has pre-tax profits of over £7million. Workers are questioning why they have received a below inflationary pay offer after working hard to deal with the challenges of the pandemic whilst contributing to the profitability and success of the company.”
“Unite is fully behind our members more than reasonable pay expectations and will assist them in escalating their campaign for a fair pay offer unless management make a significantly improved offer – one that meets our members’ expectations.”
Photo captions taken from the Haldane Fisher website