COFFIN manufacturers in Scotland have begun a week of strike action on Halloween in a dispute over pay. 

Workers at Co-Op Funeralcare in Glasgow will walk out, bringing production to a complete standstill from October 31 until November 7. 

The site is the only manufacturer of coffins in Scotland with Unite the union saying that its members were left with “no option” but to strike. 

They said that Co-op had failed to table an acceptable wage offer or recognise the cost of living crisis.

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Co-op has started the strike won’t have an impact on their ability to support bereaved families, with a “strong supply” of coffins available. 

The organisation also underlined that it had made a “fair” pay increase despite a difficult trading environment.

Unite’s regional officer Willie Thomson has urged Co-op to make an improved offer. 

He said: “our members have been forced to take this action as a result of a below inflation pay offer. 

“The Co-op must recognise the contribution our members make and support them during the current cost of living crisis. 

“The Co-op pride themselves on being truly different and representing fairness. 

“It’s time for them to show fairness to our members and make a reasonable wage offer.”