1,200 workers to strike at West Midlands food company

1,200 workers to strike at West Midlands food company

07 December 2012

About 1,200 workers at the 2 Sisters Food Group in the West Midlands will be staging three days of 24-hour strikes after voting nearly unanimously for industrial action.

The first 24-hour strike will start at 6.00am on Friday 14 December when workers will walk-out in a dispute over pay and conditions.

Unite, the largest union in the country, balloted its members at the Bevan Way and Dial Lane sites in Smethwick, West Bromwich and the Lincoln Street plant in Wolverhampton. 

The workers voted by 98.5 per cent for strike action and 97.2 per cent for industrial action short of a strike. The turnout was 57 per cent.

The next strike will be held on Tuesday 18 December for 24 hours, starting at 6.00am, and the third strike is scheduled for Friday 21 December.

There will also be a continuous overtime ban, non-cooperation and work-to-rule from Friday 14 December.

Unite regional office Des Quinn said: “The workers at 2 Sisters have voted overwhelmingly to take a stand against a paltry pay offer.

“The near unanimous vote in favour of strike action is the strongest possible message to management that they need to sit down and negotiate in good faith. 

“The management should be under no illusion at the depth of anger that our members feel at the way they have been treated for far too long by this company.

“Unite is willing to hold talks with the company in the days ahead to achieve a fair and equitable settlement on the pay issue and other matters that are of vital concern to our members.”

The company supplies poultry, fish, chilled, bakery and frozen products to the retail, food service and food manufacturing sectors.


For further information please contact Des Quinn on 07785 102386 and/or Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.