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Huddersfield factory bans music

Issue No. 2170

Bosses at a factory near Huddersfield have banned music on the shopfloor – but workers say they won’t suffer in silence.

A worker at Hepworth Building Products said, “Management originally said it was because of the performing rights licensing laws, but unions pointed out that this in most cases didn’t apply and anyway the workforce were prepared to pay for it.

“They then came back saying radios were being turned up to a dangerous level. We have recently agreed to a 12-month pay freeze. This is just a kick in the teeth while we are down.”

Workers are to ballot for industrial action over the issue.

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Tue 22 Sep 2009, 18:28 BST
Issue No. 2170
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