This is an issue for all of Bakkavor’s customers who have strong ethical and moral standards to uphold says GMB.
GMB, the union for workers in the food industry, will hold a protest on Friday, 15th of July 2016 at Tesco Headquarters over proposals to cut hours, change shift patterns and transfer employees between sites at food supplier Bakkavor Meals.
Bakkavor plans to extend working hours to 3am and to cut workers’ hours resulting in a loss of £14.40 a week. The company withdrew proposals to cut shift and bank holiday premiums and change holiday terms and conditions following negotiations with GMB last month.
The demonstration will commence at 12 noon on Friday 15th July 2016 at the address as follows:
Tesco Stores Ltd
Welwyn Garden City
Tony Warr, GMB senior organiser, said “GMB welcomes the company's decision to halt proposals on terms and conditions and annual leave policy and to include GMB in a vital role in both sets of discussions.
However, issues around the shift patterns for workers making houmous are unresolved and there remains a fundamental difference of opinion between the union and Bakkavor with regards to the compulsory transfer of large numbers of employees from one site to another.
The company refuse to recognise that our members cannot afford the proposed pay cut of £14.40 a week when they are already on such low wages. They appear oblivious to the fact that many workers, over half of which are women, will be stranded in Park Royal at three in the morning with no transport to get home. Bakkavor Meals have said they understand the family and childcare commitments of our members yet they have proposed nothing other than redundancy if our members cannot work the new pattern.
The company say this is not an issue for Tesco. They are wrong. It is an issue for all of their customers who have strong ethical and moral standards to uphold and who regularly audit Bakkavor to ensure these are maintained.
GMB has therefore decided to take this ongoing issue toTesco, the main customer of Bakkavor Meals London, with further demonstrations at the Headquarters of other customers to follow.”
Contact: GMB press office on 07970 863411