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Over 100 workers set to strike at Boston timber plant in response to pay freeze

More than one hundred members of the GMB trade union are set to take part in a 24 hour strike at the Metsa Wood Timber Yard in Boston from 6am on Wednesday, November 15.

The strike is an escalation of an overtime ban and work to rule which has been in place for over a month in response to an imposed pay freeze by the company.

The same members also took industrial action to secure a ‘reasonable pay increase’ in 2016.

David Shamma, regional organiser for the GMB, said: “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.

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

Lincolnshire Reporter has contacted Metsa Wood Timber Plant for a response to the strike.