‘Miserly’ Marley Set for Festive Reckoning, Warns Union

Marley roof tile factory set to see GMB union members take strike action after company offered a 1% pay rise despite £16 million in profits last year.

WORKERS EMPLOYED at Marley’s factory in Beenham, West Berkshire are set to strike next Thursday 10 December after 96% of GMB members voted in favour of action.

Marley Ltd manufactures roof tiles at its factory in Beenham, outside Reading, which currently employs around 60 staff.

Staff rejected the 1% pay rise offered despite the company posting £16million in profits last year.

The strike is expected to last for 48 hours from 6am on Thursday 10th December.

Dickensian work practices

GMB has accused Marley of Dickensian work practices which fail to give workers their fair share of reward. They have described the pay dispute as a complete collapse in the relationship between staff and management.

The union has alleged a toxic work culture reported by members, orchestrated by the company management.

A Marley spokesperson said, “Statements made are inaccurate and the information is false. There is no further comment from Marley.”

Nikki Dancey, GMB Regional Organiser said, “This miserly deal does not reflect any of the hard work our members have done this year, despite the company pocketing profits of over £16million.

“Though Marley workers normally receive their annual pay raise in January, industrial relations between the workers and Marley have been in virtual collapse through this year, and to date, the workers have received nothing.

“Our members have also claimed there is a toxic bullying culture from the top management which has been getting worse.

“These Dickensian work practices are wrong and have to stop. It’s time for Marley to see the light and change their ways.”

Industrial relations on life support

Helen Caney, GMB Reading Branch Secretary added, “The company has really left us no option other than to strike.

“Earlier this year, our members had to fight against an extremely unpopular proposal to change their pay, terms and conditions, which has strained industrial relations to a point where they’re on life support.

“This is not just about the pay rise, it’s an accumulation of grievances that have never been addressed and are just dismissed by the higher levels of management.”

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