AN IMPORTANT strike ballot is taking place at AH Marks Ltd, a Bradford-based chemicals firm.
The company angered workers by sacking two TGWU union shop stewards and three of their colleagues.
The sackings came ahead of the company giving notice to the workforce of substantial changes to their conditions.
Maurice Britton, TGWU regional industrial organiser, who is representing the members, said, “The company’s actions are nothing short of disgraceful.
“They have sacked five workers, with families to support, in an attempt to intimidate the rest of the workforce into accepting changes which would leave them worse off.
“The proposed change, from three shifts to five shifts, would have a detrimental impact on our members’ pay, holiday and overtime rates.
“The company should be negotiating with us, rather than bullying people into accepting.
“We urge them to reopen talks with us and reinstate the sacked workers.”
The majority of the AH Marks workforce are members of the TGWU. The ballot closes on Friday 23 July.