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Last Ditch Talks To Avert Jacob's Dispute

Friday, November 14, 2014

Last Ditch Talks On Monday 17th To Avert Dispute At Jacobs Liverpool Over Imposed Changes To Terms And Conditions Of Employment

Members hope that a strike can be averted although we are ready to press ahead with strike action if talks do not yield a settlement says GMB.

There will be last ditch talks on Monday 17th in Liverpool to avert  strike action by 800 GMB members at Jacobs Biscuits factory in Aintree Liverpool in a dispute over sick pay. These members voted, in an official strike ballot that closed on Thursday 30th October, by 84% in favour of action.

GMB members at Aintree are renowned for manufacturing the Jacobs 'Cream Cracker' and The 'Club' Chocolate Biscuit.

GMB has held back from publicly announcing dates for strike action to allow time for discussion to resolve the issues in dispute. If the talks on Monday are not successful strike dates will be announced.

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 “These are last ditch talks with UK senior management to avert stoppages of work.

This dispute has been caused by a bullying management allowed to drag the company's name through the mud by weak control at national level in the company.

United Biscuits has pressed ahead with unilateral and illegal changes to terms and conditions of our members.  GMB have 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 that the workforce at Aintree who have made a massive contributed to the profits of United Biscuits and for the last hundred years would lie down without a fight.

We are liaising with Trade Union colleagues in Turkey and internationally about United Biscuits behaviour in relation to the Aintree site so that cuts are resisted at other sites.

Members hope that a strike can be averted although we are ready to press ahead with strike action if talks on Monday do not yield a settlement.”

Contact: 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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