Second strike action planned at tile factory

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Workers at a Wigan roof tile plant could walk out on strike for another week.

Around 30 employees staged a week-long strike at Monier Redland Ltd’s Wigan factory in a dispute over allegations of bullying and victimisation and the dismissal of the plant’s health and safety representative.

The strike ended on Sunday at 8pm but no agreement has yet been reached.

The striking workers met with members of the company’s management on Tuesday to list their grievances.

But GMB rep George Patterson said they workers wanted to strike again next week from Sunday at 8pm if a solution wasn’t reached.

He said: “The management have gone away with the list of grievances and have said they will come back to us on Friday with feedback.

“The other issue, the dismissal of the shop steward, they have said they will not hire him back but are considering a compensation package if he doesn’t sue them for unfair dismissal.

“As it stands, there is another week of action planned.

“The company is dealing with the issues that have been raised by the members of bullying, victimisation and harassment.

“If the dismissed shop steward is satisfied with the compensation package then the members will be happy.”

The management is expected to provide the feedback to the GMB members on Friday morning.

After which the decision on whether the action will go ahead or not between July 17 and July 24 will be made.