Over 150 drivers and engineers working at Kingsmill’s West Bromwich depot will be balloted for industrial action unless the bread maker stops dragging its feet and makes a cost of living pay offer, Britain’s largest union, Unite warned today (Monday 16 October).
The workers who supply Kingsmill bread to Aldi, Asda, Co-op, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Tesco across the west and east midlands, as well as the north west, have grown increasingly frustrated with the firm since pay talks started in May earlier this year.
Warning that its members were at ‘breaking point’, Unite said it was highly likely that members would back industrial action in a strike vote.
Commenting Unite regional officer Joe Clarke said: “Unite members have become increasingly frustrated by Kingsmill and the bosses’ refusal to recognise their hard work with a cost of living pay rise.
“To add insult to injury we also have issues surrounding pay parity within the West Bromwich depot and pay inequality with other depots around the UK, in addition to the use of sub-contractors.
“Kingsmill should be under no illusion. Our members are highly likely to vote for strike action if given the opportunity, with strike action having a major impact on bread supplies to major supermarkets, such as Co-op and Tesco.
“With workers’ pay packets getting squeezed because of inflation its time that Kingsmill stopped dragging its feet and offered a cost of living pay rise to these loyal hard working workers.”
For further information please contact the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065 or Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.
Notes to editors:
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.