by Tim Lezard GMB members working for Haribo in Pontefract are to ballot for industrial action after bosses attempted to force them to work over Xmas. GMB regional organiser Steve Huckerby: said “Harribo has gone back on a commitment they made to the w …

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GMB members working for Haribo in Pontefract are to ballot for industrial action after bosses attempted to force them to work over Xmas.

GMB regional organiser Steve Huckerby: said “Harribo has gone back on a commitment they made to the workforce that they would not be forced to work over Christmas.

“GMB put forward proposals to the company to resolve the dispute but the company ignored them. The company then imposed the changes on the workforce bypassing the GMB consultation process. It is this imposition that has caused this dispute.

“The company made this decision taking no account of their staff spending time with their families over the festive season.

The company is highly profitable and is attempting to increase their profit at the expense of their employees.  GMB members are fed up with the company’s dictatorial attitude and they will vote for strike action to ensure that they are treated with respect.”


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