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4 Days Strikes At VIP Polymers

Monday, November 4, 2013

GMB Announce Further Four 24 Hour Strikes In Long Running Pay Dispute At Vip Polymers Huntingdon

As the dispute goes into its seventh month members remain determined not to be bullied into having cuts imposed on them by VIP Polymers says GMB.

50 GMB members at VIP Polymers in St Peter’s Road, Huntingdon are taking further four days of industrial action including strike action and ana further overtime ban in the long running dispute over cuts to pay and conditions of employment.

The dates of the action are shown below and the strike action will be 24 hour stoppages as were the previous strikes 4 and 26th June 2013. See notes to editors for copy of GMB press release issued in June 2013.

Strike Action, which is intended to be discontinuous, as follows:-

Wednesday, 6th November 2013 commencing at 06.00am until 05.59 am. on Thursday, 7th November, 2013

Wednesday, 13th November 2013 commencing at 06.00am until 05 59am. on Thursday, 14th November, 2013

Wednesday, 20th November 2013 commencing at 06.00am until 05.59am on Thursday, 21st November, 2013

Wednesday, 27th November 2013 commencing at 06.00am until 05.59am. on Thursday, 28th November, 2013.

Action short of a strike is intended to be discontinuous and is defined as a refusal to work overtime as follows:-

Wednesday, 6th November 2013 commencing at 06.00am until 05.59 am. on Thursday, 7th November, 2013

Wednesday, 13th November 2013 commencing at 06.00am until 05 59am. on Thursday, 14th November, 2013

Wednesday, 20th November 2013 commencing at 06.00am until 05.59am on Thursday, 21st November, 2013

Wednesday, 27th November 2013 commencing at 06.00am until 05.59am. on Thursday, 28th November, 2013.

GMB members were told April this year that they face a 10% pay cut in addition to cuts in their terms and condition of employment, They were told that if they do not accept these cuts that they will be sacked. GMB held an official strike ballot and GMB members voted in favour of strike action to resist these cuts.

VIP Polymers make rubber seals used in the waste and drainage industries.

Alan Costello, GMB Organiser said, “The lack of progress in this dispute is entirely down to the company. As the dispute goes into its seventh month GMB remain determined not to be bullied into having cuts imposed on them by VIP Polymers.

Unfortunately further strike days and an overtime ban 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.

GMB Members are digging in for a long haul on this as there still seems no prospects of an early resolution of this dispute despite previous action.”

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Contact: Alan Costello, GMB Organiser on 07974 250946 or GMB Press Office: 07974 251823 or 07921 289880 or 020 7391 675556.

Notes to editors

GMB press release 21 June 2013

SECOND DAY OF STRIKE ACTION AT VIP POLYMERS HUNTINGDON ON WED 26TH JUNE IN DISPUTE OVER CUTS IN PAY AND CONDITIONS

Members are digging in for a long haul on this as there seems no prospects of an early resolution of this dispute says GMB

50 GMB members at VIP Polymers in St Peter’s Road, Huntingdon are taking second day of strike action on Wednesday 26th June in a dispute over cuts to pay and conditions of employment. This second day of strike action will be a 24 hour stoppage like the first day on Monday 3rd June.

In April these GMB members were told by the company that they face a 10% pay cut and a severe erosion in their terms and condition of employment and that if they do not accept these cuts that they will be sacked. There was an official strike ballot and they voted in favour of strike action to resist these cuts.

VIP Polymers make rubber seals used in the waste and drainage industries.

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 seems no prospects of an early resolution of this dispute.”

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