Pay peanuts, get strikes!
- Thursday 24 August 2023
First week of strike action at KP Snacks begins on Tuesday 5 September
The company made £54 million in profit but is offering workers a real terms pay cut
The production of the famous salted and dry roasted peanuts will grind to a halt for a week in September because KP Snacks refuses to give workers a fair portion of its multi-million pound profits.
The workers at KP Snacks have voted overwhelmingly by 83 per cent to take strike action for a week beginning on 5 September. The union is warning that unless the company ups its pay offer strike action will escalate. The factory in Rotherham is the sole producer of KP Nuts so the walk-out will stop the production of one of Britain’s favourite snacks.
The workers have rejected a below inflation eight per cent pay offer. The company has increased its profits by 275 per cent since 2018. In stark contrast, average pay at KP Snacks has fallen in real terms by 14 per cent since 2018.
Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Unite’s message to KP Snacks is if you pay your workers peanuts, expect strike action.
“The company has increased its profits by an astonishing 275 per cent since 2018. But the workers’ pay has fallen 14 per cent in real terms over the same period. That’s why workers are refusing to accept anything less than a pay deal which keeps up with the cost of living.
“The workers have Unite’s total support in their drive for a fairer share of the company’s huge profits.”
The snacks brand has made matters worse by refusing to offer the lowest paid workers a consolidated pay rise. Instead, management is offering the workers a one-off payment. The hygiene team earns just £10.66 an hour, which management astonishingly calls “the KP living wage”.
Unite regional officer Chris Rawlinson said: “If bosses want to avoid a nut shortage across pubs and supermarkets they need to put a fairer pay offer on the table.
“KP Snacks made £54 million in profit last year, the company can easily afford to pay workers more. Management should be focused on negotiating an end to the dispute or strike action will escalate.”
Contact: Ciaran Naidoo 07768 931 315
- Unite is the UK and Ireland’s leading union fighting to protect and advance jobs, pay and conditions for members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Sharon Graham.