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Posted on 1 June 2016 at 16:17 GMT

Metsa Wood strikers, May 2016, photo by Andy Ford

Metsa Wood strikers, May 2016, photo by Andy Ford   (Click to enlarge)

Metsa Wood strike, Widnes

About 50 GMB members from Metsa Wood, which produces timber products for B&Q, were on strike last Thursday, May 26th, with a picket in place at the depot in Ditton Road, Widnes.

George Patterson, GMB full time officer, explained to me that the strike was in protest at the company offering a meagre 0.8% pay rise despite making a 390 million profit.

One of the workers told me that it used to be a great place to work but that over the last five or six years it has all been totally changed with profits for the shareholders being put way ahead of treating staff properly.

Andy Ford

Further details here: http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/metsa-wood-strike-over-pay

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