GlaxoSmithKline workers vote to strike in a row over pay

GlaxoSmithKline workers vote for pay strike in latest setback for beleaguered boss Emma Walmsley

Under fire: Glaxo boss Emma Walmnsley

Workers at several plants owned by GlaxoSmithKline have voted to strike in a row over pay.

Members of the Unite Union, which comprise around 700 of GSK’s 13,000-strong UK workforce, voted 86 per cent in favour of industrial action in a recent ballot.

Unite attacked what it said was a ‘derisory’ 2.75 per cent pay rise, which it claimed amounted to a ‘substantial real terms pay cut’.

The vote represents a setback for GSK boss Emma Walmsley.

‘Never before have our members at GSK voted for strike action,’ said Unite general secretary Sharon Graham, who condemned ‘corporate greed’.

The strike will affect six GSK sites across the country.

GSK shares fell 1 per cent or 18.8p to 1740.8p. However, the company does not expect ‘significant supply disruption’ and said it was working to find a solution.