Delivery vehicles backed up at Allied Bakeries site on Castlereagh Road as picketing workers stand strong

Allied Bakeries logoHuge levels of popular support for workforce in all-out strike action for Fair Pay 

Susan Fitzgerald, Regional Coordinating Officer for Unite commended both her members and those of the Bakers’ union (BFAWU) who established a powerful picket line at the gates of Allied Bakeries’ Belfast production facility.

“Today’s strike action has demonstrated the strength of feeling of the workforce at Allied Bakeries and their determination to win a fair pay uplift. The workers – members of both Unite and the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU) are to be commended on their brave stand. Continue reading

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Call for public to back the striking Allied Bakeries workers as pickets set for Castlereagh Road site

Pancake poster-JpegAll-out strike action to commence at Allied Bakeries from 6am tomorrow

Workforce strike action seeks to lift basic pay significantly above minimum wage

Susan Fitzgerald, Regional Coordinating Officer called for the public to support workers forced into taking an all-out strike for a fair pay set to commence from 6 am tomorrow.

“Over the past days, Unite representatives have made ourselves available to Allied Bakeries in an attempt to avoid what will be an unnecessary and disruptive strike action but the company bosses have shown no willingness to address the workers’ demand for fair pay. They have left the workers with no alternative but to go to the gates tomorrow morning.

“Workers in the Bakery sector are low paid, only making up a living income by working unsocial shifts and meeting challenging bonus targets; basic pay is little above the bare legal minimum. In recent weeks, workforces at Hovis and Allied Bakeries each voted overwhelmingly for strike action to win a decent pay uplift. While Hovis bosses averted a pending strike action by providing a four percent uplift, those at Allied Bakeries are offering only 2.5 percent. Continue reading

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Last ditch talks to avert strike action at Allied Bakeries break down after pathetic management pay offer rejected by workers

Allied Bakeries logoAll-out strike action by workforce confirmed to commence at Allied Bakeries in Belfast from 6am on Sunday [February 16th]

Strike action will cripple production and supply of pancakes across UK ahead of Pancake Tuesday

Sean McKeever, Regional Officer blasted as ‘pathetic’ the offer made by Allied Bakeries’ negotiators after direct pay talks broke down and confirmed that his members were now preparing for an all-out strike for a fair pay increase to commence from 6 am this Sunday [February 16th].

“Unite made ourselves available to Allied Bakeries and sought to engage positively in last ditch pay talks called at the request of management. Unfortunately the company did not appear to be serious when it came to addressing their workers’ demands and offered a pathetic pay offer which the shop stewards rejected as unacceptable. The meeting was a very short one. Continue reading

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Allied Bakeries has four days to avoid disruptive strike ahead of Pancake Tuesday – but only if bosses deliver fair pay

Sean McKeeverStrike action set to commence at Allied Bakeries in Northern Ireland on Sunday from 6am after workers reject insulting management pay offer

Pay gap remaining is only 24 pence an hour but must be bridged to avoid unnecessary disruption to pancake supply across UK

Sean McKeever, Regional Officer for Unite with responsibility for the food and drink sector, called on Allied Bakeries’ bosses to address his members’ legitimate expectation for a fair pay increase and avert an unnecessary strike likely to have serious disruptive impact on the supply of pancakes ahead of Pancake Tuesday.

Allied Bakeries is a subsidiary of Associated British Foods plc – a hugely successful company which this year reported bumper pre-tax profits [adjusted] of £1.41 billion. This is not a company which needs to adopt a penny-pinching approach to its workforce but it is one where management refuses to bridge a 24 pence an hour gap forcing low paid bakery workers to the gates in freezing conditions. Continue reading

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Strike action set to commence at Allied Bakeries in Belfast – likely to impact UK supply of pancakes ahead of Pancake Tuesday

Sean McKeeverUnite members at Allied Bakeries in Belfast vote 75 percent for strike action in pursuit of five percent pay increase

Sean McKeever, Regional Officer for Unite with responsibility for the food and drink sector, confirmed his union had informed management of pending strike action after members at United Bakeries on the Castlereagh road, Belfast, voted overwhelmingly for strike action.

Allied Bakeries, with a manufacturing base on the Castlereagh Road Belfast, is a subsidiary of Associated British Foods plc – a major international business with a turnover of £12.3bn and close to 130,000 employees working in 50 countries. The company produces Sunblest, Kingsmill, Burgen and Allison breads and pancakes for the UK market.

“Strike action is set to proceed after an overwhelming vote of 75 percent for industrial action. We have now informed management that pickets are going up meaning 250 workers will be on strike immediately following the seven days’ notice period. Continue reading

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