Devon

Strike ballot at Epwin window factory in Newton Abbot

Epwin Group sign
Image caption Unite said Epwin was using the recession as an excuse not to pay staff properly

Window factory workers in south Devon are to be balloted over carrying out possible strike action over pay, their union has said.

The Epwin Group has about 30 businesses around England and Wales involved in the manufacture of windows, doors and conservatories.

About 200 staff at sites in Paignton and Newton Abbot are to be balloted after not having a pay rise for three years, the Unite union said.

The company has declined to comment.

Unite claimed the company was using the recession as an excuse not to pay its workers properly.

Dave Springbett of Unite said: "They cannot go on forever without a wage rise.

"Our members are really struggling to pay their bills.

"They feel that enough is enough and they want a pay rise this year."

The Epwin Group, whose head office is based in Cheltenham, has a total workforce of nearly 2,000 people at nine factory sites and other stores around England and Wales.

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