Trade Union

The south-east’s manufacturing industry has seen a steady erosion of jobs in sectors including food processing

10-year fall in south-east manufacturing workers

By Aidan Fortune

The number of manufacturing workers in south-east England has plummeted 16.6% over the past 10 years, according to trade union GMB’s southern regional office, which cited job cuts at Britvic and Colman’s.

Strike action has been called off at meat firm Scotbeef

Scotbeef strike called off by union

By Gwen Ridler

Strike action has been called off at meat firm Scotbeef, after a new round of talks between the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (Usdaw) and the company.

Workers at two Scotbeef sites in Scotland are to hold a 24-hour strike

Scotbeef workers vote for 24-hour strike

By Gwen Ridler

Members of the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (Usdaw) have voted in favour of industrial action at two of meat processor Scotbeef’s sites, following a breakdown in pay talks.

The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union has voted unanimously to ballot it members on strike action at Tulip Coalville

Tulip workers one-step closer to strike action

By Gwen Ridler

Workers at Tulip’s Coalville factory moved one-step closer to strike action, following a unanimous vote by the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) to ballot members to test support for industrial action.

The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union are considering strike action at Tulip’s Coalville factory

Tulip workers consider strike action after pay row

By Gwen Ridler

Staff at Tulip’s Coalville site are considering strike action, after senior management refused a pay rise, claimed the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union’s (BFAWU’s) regional officer. 

GroceryAid to raise fund through two training courses in partnership with Bridgethorne

GroceryAid raises funds through training course

By Gwen Ridler

Training provider Bridgethorne is to raise funds for grocery charity GroceryAid through two special one-day training courses for fast moving consumer goods suppliers.

Fyffes has been suspended from the Ethical Trading Initiative (Flickr/

Fyffes suspended from Ethical Trading Initiative

By Matt Atherton

Fyffes has been suspended from the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) with immediate effect, after an investigation into union claims of workers’ rights abuses in its supply chain.

Workers at Weetabix's Corby and Kettering factories have postponed strike action

Union calls off Weetabix strike

By Gwen Ridler

Workers have postponed industrial action at Weetabix’s Corby and Kettering factories, after the manufacturer announced it would hold more talks with the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (Usdaw).

More than 500 jobs could be lost at Gunstones Bakery, claims an insider


2 Sisters’ Gunstones Bakery ‘could cut up to 524 jobs’

By Matt Atherton

Convenience Foods Limited, which trades as Gunstones Bakery – one of 2 Sisters Food Group’s top divisions – is considering up to 524 redundancies, it has emerged, after the company lost a contract with a major supplier for its chilled filled rolls, sushi...

BFAWU general secretary Ronnie Draper claimed to be suspended from the Labour party

Bakers union boss suspended from Labour Party

By Matt Atherton

The Bakers’ Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) general secretary Ronnie Draper has been suspended from voting in the Labour leadership election, despite being a member of the party for most of his life, he claimed.

RF Brookes: The protest took place outside a Marks & Spencer store in Cardiff on Saturday

2 Sisters’ RF Brookes workers in M&S protest

By Noli Dinkovski

Workers at 2 Sisters’ RF Brookes factory staged a protest outside a Marks & Spencer (M&S) store in Cardiff on Saturday (July 30), as part of action against proposed changes to employment terms.

2 Sisters revealed it had signed a five-year contract for its Gunstones Bakery, which will offset the loss of a chilled contract with an unnamed retailer

2 Sisters signs five-year bakery contract

By Michelle Perrett

2 Sisters has signed a new, five-year contract for its Gunstones Bakery near Sheffield, which will offset the loss of a chilled contract with an unnamed retailer, the manufacturer has claimed.

2 Sisters said production would remain unaffected by industrial action

2 Sisters faces strike at RF Brookes factory

By Michelle Perrett

Members of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) at 2 Sisters’ RF Brookes factory in Rogerstone, Newport, are to strike over proposals to change their working conditions.

2 Sisters is seeking talks with union officials to avert the threat of further strikes

2 Sisters seeks union talks after Pennine strike

By Michael Stones

2 Sisters Food Group is seeking talks with the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU), after its members at Pennine Foods factory in Sheffield staged a 48-hour walkout, at the end of last week.

Addo Food Group, the former Pork Farms site, is in a dispute with Unite about union recognition

Addo Food Group resolves dispute with union Unite

By Rick Pendrous

Addo Food Group – the Poole-based food manufacturer formerly known as Pork Farms – has agreed to recognise Unite following a positive meeting with union representatives earlier today (Friday, April 29).

2 Sisters denied suggestions it was facing strike action

2 Sisters slams Living Wage strike action threat

By Noli Dinkovski

2 Sisters has slammed suggestions it is facing strike action at two of its Yorkshire operations, after a union accused the food giant of trying to offset the extra cost of the National Living Wage by cutting a number of other working benefits.

Strikes have been avoided after talks at ACAS

Co-op and Unite agree deal to end strike action

By Michelle Perrett

Talks between Co-op and Unite with the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), have come to an agreement which will suspend industrial action, pending the outcome of a ballot.

Carlsberg workers who belong to Unite are to take industrial action from Thursday

Carlsberg workers take industrial action: Unite

By Michael Stones

Nearly 200 Carlsberg engineers, brewers, processors and packers will take part in an a continuous ban on overtime and work-to-rule on Thursday (October 1), after the firm imposed what Unite the union described as a worldwide pay freeze.

The CBI backs the strike rules changes

Strike law changes will cause problems in food

By Nicholas Robinson

Strike law reforms proposed by the government in the Trades Union Bill could “sour” relationships between workers and employers and increase the likelihood of unofficial action, the manufacturers’ organisation EEF has warned.

Staff at Gunstones bakery staged a 48-hour strike this week

550 strike over pay at 2 Sisters bakery

By Laurence Gibbons

Hundreds of workers at 2 Sisters Food Group’s Gunstones bakery in Sheffield took part in a 48-hour strike this week, with a further 48-hour walk out planned for next month.

Arla faces disruption to milk deliveries this Easter

Arla Easter strike threat intensifies

By Michael Stones

Arla Foods’s milk deliveries to northern supermarkets could be disrupted over Easter, after the GMB and Unite the Union both warned a three-day strike was likely over the holiday.

United Biscuits makes Jacob's Cream Crackers at the Aintree plant

Strikes on hold at United Biscuits’ Aintree factory

By Rod Addy

Strikes have been suspended at United Biscuits’ (UB’s) Jacob’s Cream Cracker factory at Aintree while members of trades union GMB and management seek to repair relations with each other.

Food firms have to account for overtime and shift pay when calculating average holiday wages

Holiday pay claims could scupper food firms

By Rod Addy

Food companies face going under after being hit with massive claims for backdated holiday pay, with some already handling millions of pounds worth of bills, according to law firm Eversheds.

UB's Toll Cross factory in Glasgow makes products under the McVitie's brand

United Biscuits’ 202 job cuts ‘devastating’

By Rod Addy

United Biscuits’ (UB’s) plans to cut 202 jobs at its McVitie’s factory in Glasgow have been branded as ‘devastating’ by trades union GMB, having been revealed just weeks before Christmas.

The Aintree factory makes Jacob's Cream Crackers

Jacob’s strike on at United Biscuits plant

By Rod Addy

United Biscuits’ (UB’s) Jacob’s factory faces a six-day strike, starting this Sunday (November 23), after last-minute talks to resolve a dispute over sick pay and outsourcing collapsed.

Haribo faces the horror of possible strike action

Haribo faces GMB strike ballot

By Rod Addy

Haribo faces a GMB strike ballot, less than a week after the trade union announced that a similar vote at United Biscuits’ Jacob’s factory at Aintree had supported industrial action there.

UB makes Jacob's Cream Crackers, as well as other products, at the Aintree site

Jacob’s Cream Crackers plant faces strike threat

By Rod Addy

Strikes loom at United Biscuit’s Jacob’s Cream Crackers plant at Aintree after bosses there suspended company sick pay and sparked fears production would be shifted elsewhere, trade union GMB has warned.

Meat inspectors are demanding a 1% pay rise in line with the cost of living

Meat inspectors strike to go ahead

By Rod Addy

A strike by workers employed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) set down for this week will go ahead, trades union Unison has confirmed.