280 GMB Members At Meggitt Polymers And Composites Near Loughborough 24 Hour Strike From Tues 21st Oct Over Unilateral Cuts To Terms And Conditions
Members want to give a clear message to management that they will not tolerate any further detriment to their terms and conditions says GMB.
280 GMB members employed by Meggitt Polymers and Composites at the factory in Shepshed near Loughborough will take part in a 24 hours strike from 6am on Tuesday 21st October to 5.59am on Wednesday 22nd October in a dispute over cuts to terms and conditions of employment.
GMB members will mount a picket outside the Meggitt Polymers and Composites factory on Ashby Road, Shepshed, LE12 9EQ. The factory designs and develops a number of complex composites including aircraft seals.
Sian McClarence, GMB Regional Organiser, said “Members want to give a clear message to management that they will not tolerate any further detriment to their terms and conditions.
Despite many talks and suggestions of compromise management are still adamant that the current sickness absence system needs to change. Rather than manage absence using the current system management prefer to make changes that potentially affect anyone who finds themselves ill more than three times in a year. This is not acceptable.”
Willie Grant, senior GMB representative on site, added "We have had numerous meetings with management about this issue and have tried to put forward proposals to resolve matters. Unfortunately management wouldn't accept these proposals. Despite a clear message from the workforce that these proposals were a step too far Management still want to implement them.
The company claim that sickness levels make the current scheme unaffordable yet they have not been able to quantify how much money the changes will save. We have very real concerns that these changes affect people when they are at their very lowest - when they are ill and none of us know when illness might strike. We need to protect this scheme for those in need now and in the future."
Contact: Sian McClarence 07966 327972 or 01162 324515 Willie Grant 07855 931240 or GMB Press Office or 07921 289880 or 07974 251 823