Greencore strikes on hold following new pay offer

Workers at sandwich factory to be balloted over improved pay deal

Industrial action has been suspended at Greencore, the high street sandwich manufacturer, Unite announced today (Tuesday 12 September).

Over 500 workers, many earning as little as £10.53 an hour, are demanding increased pay during the current cost of living crisis. Following a successful ballot, workers were due to take to the picket line but a last-chance saloon offer from Greencore has seen them suspend strike action as a good-will gesture while the new offer is put to Unite members.

Greencore is a major supplier of sandwiches and ready meals to big supermarkets like Morrisons, Asda, Aldi, Lidl and Co-Op as well as high street retailers like Boots. Any industrial action will likely see a shortage of sandwiches on the shelves for consumers.

Unite members perform a range of vital roles at Greencore including factory line workers, quality controllers, store workers and cleaners. Greencore’s last accounts show profits of over £15 million[1]

Unite regional officer, Andy Shaw, commented:“Greencore has finally come back to the negotiating table after the threat of strike action by our members. As a good-will gesture we have called off industrial action while we put this new offer to our members.”


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  • 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.