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16th February 2018
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Second day of strike action at VIP Polymers Huntingdon next week
VIP Polymers, which makes the rubber seals used in the waste and drainage industries, is facing mutiny at its St Peter's Road, Huntingdon facility, where some 50 GMB Union members are determined to take a second day of strike action next Wednesday in a dispute over cuts to pay and conditions of employment. This will take the form of a 24 hour stoppage, just like the first day on 3rd June.
GMB says that in April these employees were told by the company that they face a 10% pay cut and what the union describes as "a severe erosion in their terms and conditions of employment" and that if they do not accept these cuts that they "will be sacked". There was an official strike ballot and those involved, voted in favour of strike action to resist these cuts.
Alan Costello, GMB Organiser, said: "Unfortunately another day of strike action is required as the company are still refusing to negotiate about this 10% cut in pay. A pay cut is simply not acceptable to members.
"Members are digging in for a long haul on this as there seem no prospect of an early resolution of this dispute."
21st June 2013