Flooring manufacturer staff plan new strike action

Almost 200 staff at flooring manufacturer Polyflor have announced new strike action over a continued pay dispute.

Members of the GMB trade union, which represent around a third of Polyflor staff, have been in dispute with the firm, which is part of the James Halstead group, over the latest pay round.

Polyflor had tabled its latest offer, but was described as ‘insulting’ but union members, which are asking for a 10% increase in salary.

As a result, the union announced it will commence the latest stage of its strike action from 31 October for a period of two weeks. It is understood that 97% of members backed further protests, on a 96% turnout in the ballot.

This will follow its previous protest back in September where staff went on strike for a week from 7 September.

A statement from John Waddington, GMB representative at Polyflor, said: “These dedicated workers are suffering from the worst cost of living crisis in a generation, rising interest rates and a crumbling economy. The company is profitable – the least they can do is share this with hard up workers. Workers’ wages have fallen in real terms by 10%. They deserve a decent pay rise.”

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