Unite, the UK’s leading union, has secured around 700 Heinz workers a pay increase worth 11 per cent.

As well as a 5.5 per cent increase on base rates, the workers will receive two one off payments totalling £1,200. 

The first payment of £500 will be paid immediately, while the second £700 payment will be received in January 2023, subject to attendance. The payments are not subject to national insurance or income tax deductions. 

The deal is worth 11 per cent on average to workers’ yearly wage and includes an additional three days off during the Christmas period.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “This is a great result for our members at Heinz and a win for the local Unite reps. It is yet another example of Unite’s absolute focus on jobs, pay and conditions delivering results for workers.” 

In recent months, Unite has also secured workers at confectionery manufacturers Cadbury and Barry Callebaut substantial pay increases.

Unite national officer Joe Clarke said: “Heinz is one of a number of food industry employers where Unite has recently negotiated creative pay deals to help offset the cost of living crisis for our members. It is a further reminder that those looking to improve their wages and working lives should join Unite and get their colleagues to do the same.” 


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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Sharon Graham.