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Pay Dispute At 3 Timber Yards

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

GMB Dispute Looms Over Pay At Timber Plants In Lincolnshire, Cheshire And Scotland

Metsa Wood has treated members with contempt and has no desire to settle claim so the next stage is a  ballot for industrial action says GMB.

350 GMB members employed by Metsa Wood at Boston in Lincolnshire, Widnes in Cheshire and Grangemouth in Scotland have rejected a pay offer and are seeking authority to ballot for industrial action to secure a better offer.

Metsa Wood supply to B&Q, Sello, Taylor Wimpy and other merchant suppliers. They make skirting boards, picture rails, rough sawn timber, decking and all the timber items stocked by B&Q.

The anniversary date is 1st April 2014.

Dave Hulse, GMB National Officer, said “We have met the company on numerous occasions regarding this year’s pay claim and we have found the company’s stance really difficult to understand.

In our opinion Metsa Wood has treated our members with contempt and has had no real desire to settle our claim. It is our intention to ballot our members for industrial action which we find really disappointing.

Considering over the past couple of years we have worked tirelessly with the company through difficult times and we believe the current situation is unacceptable. We have and we always are available for any meaningful discussions to bring this to a conclusion.”  


Contact: Dave Hulse on  07971 266157 or 0207 391 6700 or GMB press office 07921 289880




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