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DBC Foodservices workers plan strike against imposed changes in conditions

by Simon Basketter in Brighton
Issue No. 2255

GMB union members at DBC Foodservices in Ayrshire are set to strike for five days against a host of imposed changes to their working conditions.

The workers, who voted by more than 90 percent for strikes, supply MOD bases.

Bosses want to increase workers’ working week from 37 and a half hours to 45 hours—a rise of seven and a half hours. But they are offering no extra pay. The GMB says this is equivalent to a cut of 20 percent in workers’ hourly pay rates.

The company also wants to abolish premium rates of time and a half and double time for overtime and replace it with an additional payment of £1 an hour for hours worked above 45.

It wants workers to sign a waiver to their rights under the working time directive. And it wants to end payment for the first three days of sick pay.

The strikes, which are set to begin at 2pm on Thursday of this week, will involve 23 workers. The action includes Saturday and Sunday shifts and is set to end on Monday at 2pm.

GMB senior officer in Scotland, Mick Conroy, spoke about the dispute at GMB congress in Brighton. “The company proposals are completely unacceptable,” he said.

“What does Vince Cable think these members should do faced with the employer imposing these changes? If the company does not back down and seek a negotiated settlement there will be further days of strike action.”

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