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GMB Postpone Protest At Tesco HQ

Thursday, June 16, 2016

GMB Postpone Protest At Tesco Hq Following New Proposals From Bakkavor Meals

New proposals presented today will be taken back to our members at Bakkavor Meals in due course for their consideration says GMB

GMB, the union for workers in the food industry, has postponed a planned demonstration outside Tesco’s headquarters following new proposals from Tesco supplier Bakkavor Meals. (See notes to editors previous press releases about Bakkavor Meals).

Tomorrow’s demonstration over proposed changes to terms and conditions at Bakkavor Meals in London was postponed following a meeting between the food supplier and GMB stewards.

Tony Warr, GMB senior organiser, said “GMB has postponed tomorrow’s protest action to allow GMB members to consider their options going forward.

New proposals presented today will be taken back to our members at Bakkavor Meals in due course for their consideration.”

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Contact: Tony Warr, GMB Senior Organiser on 07710 631336 or Hiten Vaidya 07552 120740 or GMB press office on 07970 863411 or 07739 182691

Notes to Editors

1 GMB press release dated Wednesday, June 8, 2016

GMB To Hold Protest At Tesco HQ After Emergency Motion At Gmb Congress In Bournemouth

Cutting terms and conditions of employment to offset the loss of business is a step too far for our members says GMB.

GMB, the union for workers in the food industry, will hold a protest at Tesco headquarters on Friday 17th June 2016 following an emergency motion at GMB congress in Bournemouth yesterday (Tuesday, 7th June 2016). (See notes to editors for a copy of the motion).

Tesco supplier Bakkavor Meals threatened large scale redundancies and proposals to restrict annual leave, change shift hours and cut shift and bank holiday premiums after Tesco withdrew a contract to supply mashed potato in January costing the company £32 million. GMB delegates voted in favour of actively campaigning at Tesco premises to fight the changes.

A newly implemented restriction on holiday that reduces the amount of vacation time that can be taken in one go has been particularly devastating for immigrant workers who must travel for multiple days to see relatives abroad. A proposed change to shift times would also negatively affect workers, extending their potential hours to 3.00am, well past the public transport.

The campaign against the changes to terms and conditions is supported by Dawn Butler MP, Barry Gardiner MP, Rupa Huq MP and Stephen Pound MP

The protest will be held at 12 noon on Friday 17th June 2016 at the address as follows:

                      
Tesco Stores Ltd
Cirrus A
Shire Park
Kestrel Way
WELWYN GARDEN CITY
AL7 1GA
 

Tony Warr, GMB senior organiser, said “As a consequence of a bidding war started by Tesco at the end of 2015, GMB members have become the real victims of the loss of a £32 million business.

We have sympathy with Bakkavor because we want their business to grow so that our members can benefit from the better wages and terms and conditions that can come from increased profit. Instead of benefiting, our members are now on the receiving end of Tesco putting worker’s jobs on the line to protect their shareholder’s dividends.

While Tesco’s bottom line remains completely unaffected, Bakkavor will want to cut terms and conditions of employment to offset the loss of business. For our members, this is a step too far. GMB has put forward proposals to mitigate any job losses. GMB members will resist any attack on their terms and conditions.”

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