Halloween is set to have a shortage of coffins, after makers of the wooden body storage boxes went on a seven-day walkout.
Staff at the Co-Op Funeral Care company in Glasgow started a walk out today (October 31) bringing production of coffins in Scotland to a halt.
The company is one of the only coffins makers in the entire UK, and the only on in Scotland.
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The go-to prop for most households celebrating Halloween is now in short supply.
Despite an offer off a wage increase being made by Co-op, it was rejected by staff – hence the walk out today.
And now Willie Thomson, Unite regional officer, urged Co-op to make an improved offer.
He said: “Our members have been forced to take this action as a result of a below-inflation pay offer.
“The Co-op must recognise the contribution our members make and support them during the current cost of living crisis.
“The Co-op pride themselves on being truly different and representing fairness.
“It’s time for them to show fairness to our members and make a reasonable wage offer.”
But Co-op Funeral Care hit back.
They said it was “confident” that its offer of base pay and production bonuses makes the offer “highly competitive”.
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A spokesman said: “Our colleagues at our Glasgow coffin factory are a hugely valued part of our Co-op and following ongoing discussions with Unite we are disappointed that we have not been able to reach an agreement about pay,” they said.
“In spite of the difficult trading environment, we have offered all of our colleagues at the coffin factory a fair pay increase.
“We are confident that the combined base pay and our production bonus for roles within the coffin factory remain highly competitive.
“We would like to provide full reassurance that the strike has no impact on our ability to support bereaved families and we are able to maintain a strong supply of coffins.”
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