Greencore and union in talks over pay and conditions deal at Northampton factory

By Michelle Perrett

- Last updated on GMT

Greencore and the Bakers union are continuing discussions
Greencore and the Bakers union are continuing discussions

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Greencore, the prepared foods and ready meals manufacturer, and the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union are continuing negotiations after employees at its Moulton Park site in Northampton rejected the company’s proposed offer on pay rates and contracts.

On Friday, 17 June, 248 out of 400 union members that responded to the ballot at Moulton Park rejected the company's proposed offer.  

The company was proposing new pay rates, to transfer existing staff onto a new contracts, which it implemented in 2020, with changes to employees’ terms and conditions, as well as removing double time pay on Sundays. 

The Moulton Park site in Northampton produces a range of sandwiches and sushi products. Greencore said that there are a total of 1,600 employees at the site. 

Compromise

Nicolae Macari, who is the branch secretary at the union at Greencore, Moulton Park, said that there are a number of scheduled meetings in place starting from July where hopefully they can 'join in the middle.'

Macari said: “We are looking to sit down and find a compromise and hope it will work out.

“I have received a meeting schedule to sit down and have a chat but we don’t know what conversations we will have.

“The problem with the new contracts is that is giving extra flexibility to the company and less to the employees.” 

Negotiations

A spokesperson at Greencore said: “We continue to be in negotiations with the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union. Consistent with normal negotiations of this nature, Greencore, and we hope the union, will work towards a constructive outcome.”

Last year, Greencore revealed that it was to recruit 5,000 staff​ from March to July and invest in automation to rebound swiftly from COVID-19, aided by plant-based NPD. Proposals to expand Greencore’s site in Kiveton, Rotherham last year was expected to lead to the creation of 276 new full-time​ roles across the factory.

In May, Greencore appointed Dalton Philips as chief executive​and executive director to replace Patrick Coveney.

The company is also at the forefront of the sustainability agenda​and the aim to hit net zero carbon emissions.

 

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2 comments

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Posted by Richard,

Greencore Tamworth, we were told out pickers are more important than us drivers that’s why they got a pay rise and we didn’t and as someone else said in another post we risk our lives out on the roads ever day, we don’t get time and a half for bank holidays so greencore should look to get equal pay across all sites,

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Greencore Crosby don't get double time on Sundays so they already have a good deal

Posted by Julian Elllis,

Greencore, Crosby no extra pay for Sundays on my site, only time an a half for bank holidays or overtime and £1.10 an hour extra for nights (on the old contract) . Maybe the union should be trying to get equal pay over all Greencore sites as part of the deal.

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