21 November 2014
Six Days Of Strike Action Starting Sunday 23 November At Jacobs Liverpool In Dispute Over Imposed Changes To Terms And Conditions Of Employment
The long serving workforce has been driven to this action by an ever increasing management culture of disrespect and bullying and this has to come to an end says GMB.
800 GMB members at Jacobs Biscuits factory in Aintree Liverpool will take part in six days of strike action in the run up to Christmas in a dispute over sick pay and the management culture in the plant.
The strike action will take place from 7am Sunday 23rd November to 7am Tuesday 25th November; 7am Wednesday 3rd December to 7am Thursday 4 December; 7am Saturday 6th Decemberto 7am Sunday 7th December; 7am Sunday 14th December to 7am Tuesday 16th December.
This follows the failure of last ditch talks to avert strike action. GMB members voted, in an official strike ballot that closed on Thursday 30th October, by 84% in favour of action.
GMB members at Aintree are renowned for manufacturing the Jacobs ‘Cream Cracker’ and The ‘Club’ Chocolate Biscuit.
Earlier this month 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“Regrettably last ditch talks failed so it looks inevitable that there will be stoppages of work from this weekend.
The long serving workforce has been driven to this action by an ever increasing management culture of disrespect and bullying. This has to come to an end. There will be no constructive progress in the relationship between the workforce and management until this fundamental issue is resolved.
The latest acts of withdrawing the sick pay, transferring work from Liverpool to Poland and demands for people to work over Christmas are just the most recent instances in a management culture which believes it can threaten its way to a submissive workforce. The strategy seems to be that the workers should be seen and not heard.”
Contact: Stuart Fegan, GMB National Officer on07912 890434 of 020 7781 2670 or Sue Morgan, GMB Organiser on 07740 804054 or 0151 727 0077 or GMB Press Office: 079921 289880 or 07974 251823 or 020 7391 6755.