GMB Furious As Cranswick A Hull Pork Producer Introduces Mobile Phone Blanket Ban
We are seeking a meeting with company as we have serious concerns about industrial relations and the stop and search criteria being implemented says GMB
GMB, the union for food manufacturing workers, responded to the statement by Cranswick Country Foods covering the Preston site in Hull that the company has chosen to implement a full ban on personal mobile phones on site. See notes to editors for copy of company statement dated 21st May 2015.
Dave Oglesby, GMB Regional Organizer, said “after being called to a meeting with no agenda then to be told a policy on phones that bans all phones on site at Preston will be implemented, then to suggest to the workforce that the GMB had AGREED is difficult to stomach!
What this approach has done is open up what appears to be some serious pent up anger that has been allowed to fester, and we have serious concerns about industrial relations and the stop and search criteria being implemented.
GMB will be seeking a meeting with the Company to discuss the issue further and would hope to reach some common ground”.
Contact Dave Oglesby on 01482 218018 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or GMB Press Office 07921 289880
Notes to editors
Statement by Cranswick dated 21/05/15
“At Cranswick, the integrity of our business, and the protection of the brands with which we work, are at the foremost of our operations. In recent months there have been a number of exposes within the food industry where undercover footage from mobile phones and recording devices has been used inappropriately, and to the detriment of the company where the footage was taken. Information such as this is open to misinterpretation and can lead to false accusations and therefore, in line with many other food companies, Cranswick has chosen to implement a full ban on personal mobile phones on site, in order to mitigate this risk to our business.
All employees will continue to have full access to payphones within our canteen facilities and can utilise their mobile phones off site during their breaks, they will not however be able to bring them on site, past the perimeter fencing.”