by Tim Lezard Workers at Jacobs Biscuits are to announce strike dates after bosses suspended their sick pay. GMB members at the firm’s Aintree factory last month voted for action but held back from announcing dates to allow managers to resolve the disp …

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Workers at Jacobs Biscuits are to announce strike dates after bosses suspended their sick pay.

GMB members at the firm’s Aintree factory last month voted for action but held back from announcing dates to allow managers to resolve the dispute.

GMB national officer Stuart Fegan said: “A meeting took place at Aintree on Wednesday 5th November to discuss resolution to a current dispute at the site.

“However senior management of United Biscuits have now issued a letter to all employees at Aintree unilaterally suspending company sick pay with immediate effect and advising the workforce that they are looking to source the products manufactured at the Aintree site elsewhere.

“GMB is advising the TUC and affiliated unions with members in other plants of the position and asking them to resist any attempts of management to move Aintree’s products to other United Biscuit sites and possibly overseas in what we believe is a deliberate move to inflame the dispute at Aintree which we have made some progress in resolving.

GMB understand that the ‘TUC’ branded product is in the process of being outsourced to a United Biscuit production facility in Poland.”

 


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