Coffin strikes on as Acas talks breakdown

Co-op Funeralcare disruption set to last winter

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Unite confirmed on November 4 that further strike action will take place at Coop Funeralcare in Govan, from Monday November 14 concluding at 07.54 on Monday November 21 – after talks at Acas to resolve the current Co-op coffin factory dispute failed.

The meeting broke up without agreement and with no further talks planned continued disruption is certain. Additional strike dates following this action will also be confirmed at a later date.

Unite has stated that unless there is a resolution, this action will create the potential for disruption into the new year.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said, “Unite representatives attended ACAS in the hope of an improved offer. The employer however failed to come to the meeting with anything more for our members and so strike action will continue with the full support of Unite. The Co-op should be under no illusion that Unite members are up for the fight.

Unite regional officer, Willie Thomson, added, “The determination of our members to win a fair wage deal remains resolute and Coop Funeralcare must recognise this or risk a long and damaging dispute.

“It is totally unacceptable to ask our members to take a real term pay cut during a cost of living crisis. Our members deserve better. It’s time for the Co-op to show they are different from ‘bad bosses’ and come to the negotiating table with a significant offer to end this dispute. With the full backing of Unite our members will continue to fight for a decent wage.”

By Elizabeth Cairns