Minimum Wage

Workers' productivity fell last year, resulting in 5% less revenue per worker

Food manufacturers lose £400M as productivity falls

By Matt Atherton

Falling productivity cost food and drink producers an extra £400M in labour costs last year, a report has revealed, as manufacturers are urged to make strategic changes ahead of more challenging market conditions.

The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority now has more powers to protect workers in the food supply chain

Gangmasters’ body gets policing powers

By Rick Pendrous

New police-style powers have been given to the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) to tackle modern slavery and labour exploitation in the agri-food supply chain.

Government urged staff to check their pay before new wage rates

Low-paid staff urged to check pay ahead of wage changes

By Matt Atherton

Britain’s lowest paid workers are the target of a new government advertising campaign, designed to make them aware of their rights, ahead of the rise in National Minimum and National Living Wage rates next month.

Employers should

‘Bad bosses should face jail’ over unpaid staff wages

By Matt Atherton

Employers “should face jail” for failing to pay staff the minimum wage, the Unite union has claimed, after the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) named and shamed 360 companies who owed workers nearly £1M in unpaid wages.

Samworth Brothers Ltd has defended its decision to sack an employee

Samworth defends sacking after union backlash

By Matt Atherton

Samworth Brothers Ltd has defended its decision to sack an employee, after the Bakers’ Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) slammed the dismissal as “shameful”, claiming the employee was sacked for “naming and shaming” Samworth Brothers over contractual...

The chancellor's first Autumn Statement drew a mixed response

Autumn Statement

Autumn Statement gets mixed reception from food and logistics sectors

By Michael Stones

Chancellor Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Statement drew a mixed reception from the food and drink manufacturing and logistics sectors, with praise for the doubling of export finance capacity to support trade but questions raised about the rise in the...

Chancellor Philip Hammond has increased the National Living Wage

Autumn statement

National Living Wage rise is ‘another headache’

By Michael Stones

The rise in the National Living Wage for over 25s, from £7.20 per hour to £7.50 per hour, could cause “another headache for food and drink manufacturers,” warns law firm Gordons.

National Minimum Wage increased on October 1

National Minimum Wage to impact food firms: FDF

By Matt Atherton

Food and drink manufacturers are preparing to manage the impact of the National Minimum Wage boost, which came into force on Saturday (October 1), said the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Automation will offset manufacturers’ rising labour costs

PPMA Total Show 2016 preview

Automation will offset manufacturers’ rising labour costs

By Rick Pendrous

Endoline Machinery will showcase its range of entry level case erectors and sealer systems in a bid to cater to the growing demand for automation with fast return on investment, as labour costs continue to rise.

One poultry factory employee was reported to have been paid just £5.03 an hour

Gangmaster loses licence for ‘skimming’ pay

By Noli Dinkovski

A Shropshire-based fresh produce recruitment agency has been stripped of its licence for systematically ‘skimming’ workers’ pay, resulting in employees receiving less than the national minimum wage.


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