BFAWU members at Hovis received “countless” messages of support from Labour MPs and organisations.
The strike finally ended on September 30, which although coming as a relief for Premier Foods that normal service would now resume, the damage in the firm’s image was said to have already been done.
Under the terms of the deal, there will be a review of manning levels at the plant and 24 staff, previously employed on zero-hours contracts, have now been taken on full-time. The use of inferior employment terms and conditions for third-party staff will also end.
While Premier will be allowed to continue using agency staff, it will first have to offer extra hours to its permanent staff. The Wigan Hovis factory employs 357 people.