Metsa workers set to strike over pay

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Union members are set to strike following a dispute over pay at a timber plant company which has a base in Boston.

Members of GMB, the union for workers in the furniture and timber industry, are currently holding am overtime ban at Metsa Wood Timber - formerly Finnforest – with strike action organised for Thursday.

Members from the companies sites in Boston and Widnes, in Cheshire, have recently rejected a pay offer from the company – voting instead in favour of strike action.

Metsa employs around 514 employees and supplies companies such as B&Q.

Dave Hulse, GMB National Officer, said “GMB is disappointed with Metsa Wood’s attitude; we had requested a meeting to try and move this issue forward on 1st April but the company responded on the 4th April confirming their position and refusing to meet to discuss.

“Our members are quite rightly angry; this follows on from previous pay claims where our members worked closely with the company to assist in difficult times.

“The company has reached productivity targets and sickness targets have also been achieved. Shareholders have been rewarded, yet our members have once again been sold a pup. Following the industrial ballot, GMB members have made it quite clear that they have lost all confidence and trust in the company.

“The only way to move this forward is to meet and discuss. I am sure that they would not have taken the same attitude with their customers, yet our members are the biggest assets the company has.”

A statement from GMB said that the company had a turnover of £170.5 million in 2014 with a gross profit of £30 million.

The strike in Boston will take place from 6am at the Old Golf Course, on Fishtoft Road, in Boston.