19 November 2014
More than 800 workers at a United Biscuits’ Jacob’s factory are to strike following a dispute over sick pay.
Strike action at the Aintree, Liverpool plant will take place between now and Christmas after talks on Monday between workers’ union GMB and UB failed.
Six strike days are in the offing, with workers due to walk out this Sunday and Monday (23 and 24 November), and four more due to take place before Christmas.
Stuart Fegan, GMB national officer for the food manufacturing industry said: “We are very angry. Our best endeavours to engage with management to find a resolution have not been reciprocated.”
Fegan has also said that ‘illegal’ changes are being made at the factory. He continued: “United Biscuits has pressed ahead with unilateral and illegal changes to terms and conditions of our members. GMB has been organising with our sister trade unions in the UK to resist the threatened outsourcing of products away from the Aintree site. This has been supported by our European sister unions.
“The United Biscuit management must be ‘crackers’ to think the workforce at Aintree, who have made a massive contribution to the profits of United Biscuits and for the last 100 years, would lie down without a fight.”