Management offer of a 3 percent pay increase rejected by workforce reps as it does not deliver on Northern Ireland workforce pay parity with Hovis workers in Great Britain
Post-Brexit difficulties in marketplace as a result of red tape barriers to importing bread from Great Britain likely to compounded by protracted halt to production at Belfast site
Sean McKeever, Regional Officer for Unite confirmed that his union’s members at leading UK bakery Hovis in Belfast would be commencing all-out strike action from 6am tomorrow [Friday May 14th]. The move follows the failure of management to meet the demand from its workforce in Northern Ireland for pay parity with Hovis employees in Great Britain.
“We had hoped that this morning management would move to address our members’ legitimate demands for pay parity with Hovis employees in Great Britain. That would mean a 10 percent pay increase – sadly, bosses made a totally inadequate 3 percent offer which our reps did not even consider worthwhile to take back to their members for consideration.
“As such, our members have been left with no alternative but to proceed with planned all-out strike action commencing tomorrow. Joint Unite-Baker’s union pickets will be going up outside Hovis from 6am on Friday, May 14th.Continue reading