Strike at coffin manufacturer enters second week

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Workers at the Co-op’s only British coffin factory have entered their second week of strike action.

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At Bogmoor Place, Glasgow, around 50 workers are seen walking out after Unite members first voted for strike action in August.

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The workers rejected an offer from the company, which they described as real-term wage cuts due to high inflation rates.

The second week of strike action began on Monday and will continue till Monday, November 21.

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It’s time for Co-op Funeralcare to step up and offer a wage that doesn’t leave their employees, our members, potentially with access to food banks.

The ongoing strike action, which could continue over the Christmas and New Year period if no agreement is reached, could disrupt the supply of coffins.

Unite’s regional officer Willie Thomson said: “Our members are standing firm and determined as they begin a second week of strike action in pursuit of a fair pay deal at a time of the biggest living wage crisis in decades.

“With no planned negotiations with the employer, this dispute will continue to cause significant coffin supply disruption at a time when seasonal mortality is highest.

“United expects more from an organization bearing the Co-op brand name. A brand whose values ​​are linked to caring for others, democracy and equity. They should look again at these principles and ask themselves whether they still are eligible because my members do not think they are.

“It’s time for Co-op Funeralcare to step up and offer a salary that doesn’t leave their employees, our members, with access to potentially food banks.”

Co-op Funeralcare said in a statement: “Our colleagues at our Glasgow coffin factory are an extremely important part of our Co-op and we are in ongoing dialogue with Unite as we attempt to reach a sensible pay agreement .

“We are open to discussions to try and reach an agreement and have informed the unit about the same.

We can assure you that the strike will have no impact on our ability to support bereaved families

“Despite the tough business environment, we have offered appropriate pay increases to all our colleagues at the coffin factory. We are confident that the combined base salary and production bonus for the roles within Coffin Factory will remain highly competitive.

“We are able to maintain a strong supply of coffins. In addition to our own factory, we work closely with third party coffin suppliers and so we can give full assurance that our efforts to support the families bereaved of the strike will continue. There will be no effect on capacity.

Credit: www.standard.co.uk /

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