Staff at flooring manufacturer go on strike over pay

Almost 200 staff at flooring manufacturer Polyflor have gone on strike over a continued pay dispute.

Polyflor, part of the James Halstead group, issued a message to workers planning to strike, stating ‘process shifts for process workers continue to be suspended…please do not turn up for your shift(s) from 6am on Monday 5th September.’

Staff at the firm are striking from 7 September and are members of general union GMB. After months of delays and several weeks of negotiations, GMB members have rejected the company’s final pay offer.

Stephen Boden, GMB Regional Organiser, said: “GMB has written to the company demanding an explanation. This looks like a vindictive attack on workers due to take legitimate industrial action over pay. 

“GMB members are struggling with the cost-of-living crisis, all they are looking for is a fair settlement of a 10 per cent – which is still below inflation. Meanwhile the company dishes out £24 million to shareholders.

“GMB is encouraging bosses to get back around the table and enter meaningful negotiations to bring the dispute to a close.”

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