Disruption at coffin manufacturer set to last throughout winter

Unite can confirm today (4 November) that further strike action will take place at Coop Funeralcare in Govan, from Monday 14 November concluding at 07.54 on Monday 21 November after talks at ACAS to resolve the current Coop 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 Coop should be under no illusion that Unite members are up for the fight."

Willie Thomson, Unite regional officer said: “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 Coop 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.”


Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse Trade Union, with around 150,000 members. The Union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.