Wool industry workers take industrial action over pay

The
Transport and General Workers’ Union is to implement strike action in the wool
industry.

National
Organiser Peter Booth said:" Following the derisory pay offer of 1.5 per
cent, workers in this industry are left with little alternative than to take
industrial action in support of a fair wage settlement to this year’s
negotiations.

"Workers
in wool textiles are among the lowest paid in British industry. To expect them
to accept wage increases of less than a fair going rate is nothing less than to
condemn them to perpetual low pay. 

"Our
members are among the highest skilled industry workers in Britain producing
some of the finest cloths and materials in the world and their skills and
abilities should be properly and adequately rewarded."

The
T&G call members in individual companies into selective industrial action.
The first company to be included in this action will be workers at the Bulmer
and Lumb Group, Buttershaw Mills, Bradford.

Action
to be taken will be a one-day a week strike commencing on July 8 along with a
continuous overtime ban and a withdrawal of goodwill starting on the same day.

By Quentin Reade

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