by Tim Lezard GMB negotiators are today holding last-ditch talks with managers at Jacobs Biscuits factory in Liverpool in a bid to avoid strike action over pay. More than 800 members last week voted ‘Yes’ for action after bosses suspended their sick pa …

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Jacob'sby Tim Lezard

GMB negotiators are today holding last-ditch talks with managers at Jacobs Biscuits factory in Liverpool in a bid to avoid strike action over pay.

More than 800 members last week voted ‘Yes’ for action after bosses suspended their sick pay. The union held back from naming strike dates to allow the company to resolve the dispute.

Earlier this month United Biscuits was purchased by Yildiz, 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.

GMB national officer Stuart Fegan 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.”


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