Unite lead officer for the food sector Joe Clarke said: “Our drivers, maintenance staff and security personnel at the Kingsmill bakery in West Bromwich voted by 82 per cent for strike action which is an overwhelming mandate for Unite’s stance.
“Following the result, we have had initial discussions with the company about further talks with senior executives to resolve the pay issues. We are waiting to hear back from the company on possible dates for new talks. There are differences between us over market pay rates and the cost of living which need to be resolved.
“Our 130 members were offered a two per cent pay rise, plus £150 for the year starting April 2017 and the same offer for the year starting April 2018, which is completely unacceptable, as the CPI inflation rate for October was three per cent.
“We look forward to constructive talks with the company in a bid to resolve this dispute, but reserve the right to take strike action, if a new offer is not forthcoming.”
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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.