Fox’s Biscuits staff vote to avoid strikes

By Mike Stones

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BFAWU members rejected plans for a series of strikes
BFAWU members rejected plans for a series of strikes
Staff at two of Fox’s three biscuits factories rejected strike action today (October 18), following a dispute over pay and conditions.

About 600 members of the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) at sites in Batley, West Yorkshire and Kirkham, Preston threw out a proposal for a series of 24-hour strikes​.

A spokesman for Fox’s Biscuits’ owner 2 Sisters said: “We’re pleased that employees have accepted our very attractive offer, after a lengthy process, and the union has dropped its proposed industrial action."

Industrial action

Speaking before the ballot, BFAWU regional organising secretary Geoff Atkinson told FoodManufacture.co.uk that Fox’s owner 2 Sisters was trying to impose “draconian”​ changes to terms and conditions at the sites, in exchange for a pay rise that was below the rate of inflation at the time pay negotiations started.

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