Grangemouth timber workers could strike

Workers at Grangemouth's Metsa Wood could strike
Workers at Grangemouth's Metsa Wood could strike
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Workers at a Grangemouth timber plant are looking to ballot for strike action over pay.

Metsa Wood, in Earls Road, suffered a troubled 2013 when the firm announced it was to shed jobs due to alleged financial difficulties and changes in the way the business had to operate.

Now, according to union GMB, a dispute is looming over the company’s lack of action over workers’ pay. Some 350 GMB members employed by Metsa Wood at Grangemouth, Boston in Lincolnshire and Widnes in Cheshire have rejected a pay offer and are seeking authority to ballot for industrial action to secure a better one.

GMB national officer Dave Hulse said: “We have met the company on numerous occasions regarding this year’s pay claim and have found their 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.”

Metsa Wood had not commented on the issue as The Falkirk Herald went to press.