Boston company sees over 100 workers begin strike action over pay freeze

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More than one hundred members staff have gone on strike at the Metsa Wood Timber Yard in Boston, Lincolnshire, in response to an imposed pay freeze by the company.

The GMB say workers were also forced to take industrial action last year to secure a reasonable pay increase in 2016.

This year, although negotiations started in good time, the employer has not moved from their pay freeze position for over six months before offering a one-off day’s holiday to be taken before Christmas after the overtime ban had started

David Shamma, Regional Organiser for the GMB, says: “After the industrial dispute of last year we had hoped that lessons would have been learned by the employer to avoid further industrial unrest.

“However, it seems despite our numerous negotiation meetings, the wishes of our members to try and keep up with the rising cost of living, have been completely ignored by the company.

“Their intransigence on this issue has been staggering.

“It is as if they have slept walked straight into a second dispute in the space of a year.

“Our members have made it clear that the pay freeze is not acceptable and that management are just not listening to their concerns.’’