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Strike action off at Kingsmill site

Strike action off at Kingsmill site

By Anne Bruce

Trade union Unite says it has resolved a pay dispute with Allied Bakeries at the firm’s West Bromwich site and averted strike action.

Strike action at Burton’s Foods now less likely

Strike action at Burton’s Foods now less likely

By Ben Bouckley

Strike action now seems less likely at Burton’s Foods' Blackpool site, after the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) said it would endorse a new company pay offer.

First British Sugar strikes in 30 years loom

First British Sugar strikes in 30 years loom

By Anne Bruce

Unite the Union is preparing to ballot members at four British Sugar plants on industrial action over pay, in what could lead to the first strike action at the firm in 30 years.

Burton’s Foods strike action averted

Burton’s Foods strike action averted

By Ben Bouckley

The Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) has called off scheduled strike action at Burton’s Foods Blackpool site, after the union agreed to further talks with company management.

Last-ditch challenge scuppers Burton’s strike

Last-ditch challenge scuppers Burton’s strike

By Ben Bouckley

The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) says it has called off strike action at Burton’s Foods site in Blackpool following a last-ditch challenge from the company over the validity of the ballot.

Strike action looming at Kingsmill site?

Strike action looming at Kingsmill site?

By Ben Bouckley

Distribution and transport staff are set to vote on strike action at Allied Bakeries’ West Bromwich distribution centre, Unite has confirmed, but the firm says it is "extremely disappointed" by the union's stance.

Northern Foods proposes Leeds head office closure

Northern Foods proposes Leeds head office closure

By Ben Bouckley

Northern Foods is proposing to close it Leeds office and move the majority of staff to its ‘shared service centre’ in Wakefield, FoodManufacture.co.uk has learnt, as owner Ranjit Boparan starts restructuring his new acquisition.

Strike action off at GSK's Ribena plant at Coleford

Strike action off at GSK's Ribena plant at Coleford

By Elaine Watson

Bosses at GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK’s) Ribena and Lucozade plant in Coleford, Gloucester, expect to be able to offer staff pay rises in 2011, but insist the pay freeze for 2010 is justified given the tough economic climate.

Heinz launches final bid to resolve Kitt Green dispute

Heinz launches final bid to resolve Kitt Green dispute

By Elaine Watson

Heinz has tabled a new pay offer to staff at its Kitt Green baked beans factory in a final bid to resolve a protracted industrial dispute that has seen staff walk out four times in as many weeks.

Bosses challenge union power

Bosses challenge union power

By Freddie Dawson

Recently it has seemed as if it were impossible to turn the page in a newspaper without reading about more potential industrial action in the food manufacturing industry. Companies such as Nestlé UK, Coca-Cola, Tunnock’s, Bakkavör and Maple Leaf Bakery...

Coca-Cola Enterprises: 120 UK jobs are at risk

Coca-Cola Enterprises: 120 UK jobs are at risk

By Elaine Watson

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has confirmed that up to 120 staff at seven UK sites could face redundancy following a European-wide restructuring, but said “130 GB vacancies and new roles would be made available”, so that net, net, there would be an increase...

Unions slam proposals to raise threshold for strike action

Unions slam proposals to raise threshold for strike action

By Elaine Watson

The CBI has unveiled a package of proposals to ‘modernise employment relations legislation’ including raising the threshold for industrial action and allowing businesses to recruit staff through agencies to cover stoppages.

We'll strike again unless Coke ups pay, warns Unite

We'll strike again unless Coke ups pay, warns Unite

By Elaine Watson

Unite members at Coca-Cola Enterprises’ Edmonton (CCE’s) factory have downed tools again yesterday in the latest in a series of strikes and warned of further stoppages unless the soft drinks firm raises its 2% pay offer.

Tunnock's staff walk out as pay dispute escalates

Tunnock's staff walk out as pay dispute escalates

By Elaine Watson

More than 360 staff out of 500 employed at the Tunnock's caramel wafer and teacake factory in Uddingston, Glasgow, downed tools yesterday and will strike again next Tuesday.

Nestlé to meet unions at Croydon HQ to discuss pay

Nestlé to meet unions at Croydon HQ to discuss pay

By Elaine Watson

Nestlé UK will meet representatives from the Unite, GMB and USDAW (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) trade unions at its Croydon HQ today in a bid to resolve an ongoing pay dispute, FoodManufacture.co.uk understands.

CBI: New 40% threshold would thwart Vion strike

CBI: New 40% threshold would thwart Vion strike

By Elaine Watson

Next week’s strike at Vion’s Llangefni chicken processing plant would be illegal if changes to labour laws proposed by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) were to make it onto the statute books.

Twinings Tea

Unions urge govt to probe "disgraceful" Twinings fund

By Ben Bouckley

The Trades Union Congress has written to business secretary Vince Cable asking him to investigate whether Twinings received EU funds to “relocate” production from the UK to a new Polish factory, given that UK jobs could be lost as a result.

Unions call off Coca-Cola strike ballot

Unions call off Coca-Cola strike ballot

By Elaine Watson

The threat of industrial action at Coca-Cola plants across the UK has been averted after unions agreed to call off a strike ballot and get back around the negotiating table.

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