Crunch talks are due to be held tomorrow (Tuesday 20 May) to avert possible industrial action in a dispute at packaged frozen meats’ firm ABP Wessex in Northallerton.
Unite, the country’s largest union, said that its members at the company, formerly Dalepak, were angry over detrimental changes to terms and conditions, including reductions in paid breaks and holidays.
The 150-strong workforce can gain extra holiday days for length of service, but the union says that management wants to ‘buy out’ those days.
The union said that the North Yorkshire company, which produces burgers, sausages and grill steaks, is also attempting to write the union’s recognition agreement out of employees’ contracts.
Unite regional officer Sarah Mitchell said: “These proposed changes are detrimental to the workforce. Our members have unanimously rejected the unacceptable changes and requested that we proceed to an industrial action ballot.
“We have a further meeting with the management tomorrow at which we hope to reach an agreement, thus negating the need for industrial action.
“However our members are strongly committed to getting an acceptable and fair settlement – and this includes taking industrial action.”
For further information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940 and/or the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065.
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• 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.