by Tim Lezard More than 800 GMB workers at Jacobs Biscuits Aintree factory today begin the second of six day’s strike action in a dispute over sick pay and a culture of bullying at the firm. Earlier this month it was announced that United Biscuits has …

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More than 800 GMB workers at Jacobs Biscuits Aintree factory today begin the second of six day’s strike action in a dispute over sick pay and a culture of bullying at the firm.

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 “The long-serving workforce has been driven to this action by an ever increasing management culture of disrespect and bullying. This has to come to an end. There will be no constructive progress in the relationship between the workforce and management until this fundamental issue is resolved.

“The latest acts of withdrawing the sick pay, transferring work from Liverpool to Poland and demands for people to work over Christmas are just the most recent instances in a management culture which believes it can threaten its way to a submissive workforce. The strategy seems to be that the workers should be seen and not heard.”


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