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Burton's Foods biscuit factory workers vote for strikes

Issue No. 2259

More than 300 workers were set to strike at Burton’s Foods biscuit factory in Blackpool after voting by 86 percent for strikes. The first strike was set for Tuesday of next week. Further walkouts are planned for 18, 20 and 26 July.

The workers, who make Wagon Wheels, Maryland Cookies and Jammie Dodgers among other biscuits, are in dispute over pay. They are members of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (Bfawu) union.

Workers say they are paid less than those at other sites. And they are angry that bosses’ salaries are soaring while they’ve been offered a below-inflation rise of 1.8 percent.

One worker said, “It’s outrageous to know that while we’re down here working as hard as we do, the people in the glass houses upstairs are seeing their pay rocket—and almost double.

“With the increases we are seeing in everything at the moment—petrol, food and power bills especially—we’re losing out all the time.

“We want them to recognise that what we do is a vital part of the company’s success and offering us what they have is nothing short of an insult.”

One local newspaper, the Blackpool Gazette, says that drivers will refuse to deliver to the site if it means crossing a picket line.

Along with strikes, workers will also begin a work to rule and an overtime ban.

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Tue 5 Jul 2011, 16:31 BST
Issue No. 2259
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