Workers at automotive component company Pullmaflex in south Wales have been told to work 2.5 hours more a week - or face the sack, Unite, Wales’ largest union, has said.
Unite is angry that the Ammanford firm sneaked out the legal document stating that the majority of the 60-strong workforce increase their hours from 37.5 a week to 40 hours on Thursday, just before the Easter break, or face dismissal.
The workers have until 26 April to agree to the change - or be sacked and Unite regional officer Gareth Jones described the firm’s unilateral action as “despicable”.
Unite’s 32 members at Pullmaflex, which makes supports for car seats, were already in the process of holding a ballot for industrial action short of a strike, and for strike action on the company’s ‘no pay rise for 2013’ offer. The ballot closes next Tuesday (9 April). The pay year runs from 1 January.
Gareth Jones said: "Last Thursday (28 March) our members working at Pullmaflex in South Wales were told that they will be sacked if they don’t agree to work extra hours.
"Our members are in dispute with Pullmaflex on this issue. This is a despicable act by the company designed to coerce our members into accepting diminished terms and conditions. The company is profitable and our members expect to be treated better than this.
“Employees in the past have always helped the company to ensure its competitiveness. The announcement is seen as a kick in the teeth and our members are determined to resist this callous attack on their living standards at a time when household bills are soaring.
“While we are always available to negotiate with the management, we have no alternative other than to a ballot for industrial action, which we expect our members to overwhelmingly support."
For further information please contact Gareth Jones on 07970785468 and/or Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.