11 November 2014
From GMB: “No Crackers For Christmas” As Dispute Looms At Jacobs Liverpool Over Imposed Changes To Terms And Conditions Of Employment
Senior management have now issued a letter to all employees at Aintree unilaterally suspending company sick pay with immediate effect says GMB.
800 GMB members at Jacobs Biscuits factory in Aintree Liverpool voted, in an official strike ballot that closed on Thursday 30th October, by 84% in favour of action in a dispute over sick pay.
GMB members at Aintree are renowned for manufacturing the Jacobs ‘Cream Cracker’ and The ‘Club’ Chocolate Biscuit.
GMB has held back from notifying the company of dates for strike action to allow time to engage in further discussion to resolve the issues in dispute. Strike dates will be announced shortly.
Last week it was announced that United Biscuits has been purchased by Yildiz which is a holding company of the Turkish Manufacturer Ulker which has pledged investment in the United Biscuits sites in the UK (and particularly Aintree) as part of becoming the third largest manufacturer of biscuits in the World.
Stuart Fegan, GMB National Officer for the food manufacturing industry said “A meeting took place at Aintree on Wednesday 5th November to discuss resolution to a current dispute at the site.
However senior management of United Biscuits have now issued a letter to all employees at Aintree unilaterally suspending company sick pay with immediate effect and advising the workforce that they are looking to source the products manufactured at the Aintree site elsewhere.
GMB is advising the TUC and affiliated unions with members in other plants of the position and asking them to resist any attempts of management to move Aintree’s products to other United Biscuit sites and possibly overseas in what we believe is a deliberate move to inflame the dispute at Aintree which we have made some progress in resolving.
GMB understand that the ‘TUC’ branded product is in the process of being outsourced to a United Biscuit production facility in Poland.”