Engineers working for Fox’s Biscuits in Batley, West Yorkshire are today on strike over a ‘paltry’ pay offer.

The 42 Unite members will be taking part in a series of stoppages which will mean no engineering cover for the six hour period from 04.00-10.00 today and and Thursday. They are angry at the one per cent offer for the year, starting on 1 August 2014, with a further two per cent from 1 August this year.

Unite regional officer Sarah Mitchell said: “We believe that the offer for the pay year due to have started last August is paltry and insulting and the offer for year two is not much better.

“The fact that the company did not even come to us with an offer until 17 November, despite two previous meetings makes it worse and leaves a sour taste in the mouth.

“We expect biscuit production to be disrupted and we call on the management to sit down with us to discuss a realistic pay offer from this profitable company before our members strike next week.”

The engineers voted by 65 per cent in favour of strike action.

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