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Plan to bring in agency workers at Anglian Home Improvements opposed by union

PUBLISHED: 08:55 01 June 2019 | UPDATED: 08:56 01 June 2019

Workers at the the Anglian Home Improvements factory in Norwich. Pic: Archant

Workers at the the Anglian Home Improvements factory in Norwich. Pic: Archant

Staff at Anglian Home Improvements face a battle to keep their regular pay and hours of work with their union backing them against proposals to bring in temporary workers.

The employers "need to understand the value of their dedicated trained workforce who have for many years resulted in a very profitable business," said Keith Dixon, regional organiser from the GMB union.

It is concerned over the proposals by Anglian Windows, trading as Anglian Home Improvements, relayed officially to staff on Thursday, which included a reduction in hours along with a 16% slash in salaries.

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Mr Dixon said staff were briefed that the firm, which employs 1586 people including 200-300 at its Liberator Road factory in Norwich, would "introduce additional labour flexibility through the use of agency workers to protect the core workforce and labour cost," reducing staff hours from 48 to 40 a week.

There is now a consultation period of three months during which GMB will fight to protect its member's income, he added.

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In a statement released to this newspaper, he said: "GMB feel the company's proposal, if enacted, would result in a devastating financial impact upon the workforce in Anglian Windows. Anglian Windows need to understand the value of their dedicated trained workforce who have for many years resulted in a very profitable business.

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"The proposed use of agency workers to undertake the work of existing employees is not likely to be accepted by our members. During the consultation period GMB will be exploring alternatives to the current proposal which will secure the financial status of our members.

"I have today written to all members to gain their feedback upon the proposal and how they feel it would impact them personally.

"GMB will be behind every one of our members in making sure their voices are heard in opposing this current proposal as we move forward."

Earlier this week it emerged how the company, one of Norfolk's biggest, and which handed out £2m in redundancies in 2018, gave its top paid director a 20% pay rise in the same period.

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