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Jacobs Strike "Completely Solid"

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Two Day Strike At Jacobs Liverpool Was Completely Solid In Dispute Over Imposed Changes To Terms And Conditions Of Employment

Members expressed their anger over management culture of disrespect and bullying and that senior managers did nothing about it and it is now for these senior managers to resolve this dispute says GMB.

800 GMB members at Jacobs Biscuits factory in Aintree Liverpool were completely solid during the first two days of 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 first two days of strike action ran from 7am Sunday 23rd November to 7am Tuesday 25th November.

A further 4 days are planned from 7am Wednesday 3rd December to 7am Thursday 4 December, 7am Saturday 6th December, to 7am Sunday 7th December, and 7am Sunday 14th December to 7am Tuesday 16th December.

GMB members voted in an official strike ballot with 84% in favour of strike 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 “The two day of strike at Aintree which ended yesterday morning was completely solid with no production taking place on the Aintree site for the whole of the two days.

Our members have been encouraged not just by the solidarity of the workers at the Aintree site but also from the other sites in the UK and our sister unions internationally.

Senior managers at United Biscuits have now to decide whether the continuing loss of production conservatively estimated at £8,000 per hour is worth sustaining rather than engaging in meaningful talks with GMB.

Members by this solid action have expressed their anger over the ever increasing management culture of disrespect and bullying and that senior managers did nothing about it.  It is now for these senior managers to resolve this dispute.”

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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.

 

 

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