Uttoxeter-based Fox’s Biscuits’ axing of an extra day’s holiday for every five years of employment is probably illegal, Unite has said. The union says mean-spirited management was “taking the biscuit” in unilaterally ending the accrual of an extra day’ …

Tim Lezard

Fox's biscuitsUttoxeter-based Fox’s Biscuits’ axing of an extra day’s holiday for every five years of employment is probably illegal, Unite has said.

The union says mean-spirited management was “taking the biscuit” in unilaterally ending the accrual of an extra day’s holiday for every five years of service for the 600-strong workforce, up to a maximum of five days (25 years service). This is due to come into force from Monday .

Unite regional officer Rick Coyle said: “Our solicitors believe that the removal of this long-established benefit is an unlawful breach of contract – and we will be pursuing the legal process exhaustively.

“We have invoked the dispute procedure and if we can’t get this matter resolved, the prospect of industrial action is on the cards. Our members are also taking out individual grievances which could run into hundreds for their HR department to deal with.

“Generations of families have worked for Fox’s Biscuits and their loyalty and dedication has been shabbily rewarded by a hardline management, which is taking the biscuit, literally.”

Unite believes that the management stance is heavily influenced by the fact that Fox’s Biscuits is now owned by 2 Sisters Food Group. Unite was involved in a dispute with 2 Sisters Food Group before Christmas at its West Bromwich and Wolverhampton sites.

Fox’s Biscuit’s is the Staffordshire town’s biggest private sector employer, and makes its own brand biscuits as well as supermarket brands.


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