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Wigan bread workers rise against zero hour contracts

Issue No. 2367

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Hundreds of workers at Hovis bakery in Wigan have called three week-long strikes against zero hour contracts.

Hovis bosses laid off 30 workers in Wigan in April, and brought in agency workers to fill in the gaps—creating a two-tier workforce. These workers are on much lower pay, and hired only as and when they are needed with no guaranteed hours.

And after the closure of two other factories and 900 job losses elsewhere in Britain, workers in the Bfawu union fear that more and more of the work could be piled onto workers with fewer rights.

“This is about the future,” Bfawu president Ian Hodson told Socialist Worker. “If the company is successful it will have low paid, even minimum wage jobs.

“That’s why we’ve been getting such incredible support from the local community. Jobs are already hard to come by—jobs with a real wage and proper conditions even more so.

“This isn’t just about today—it’s a fight for our children tomorrow.”

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Thu 22 Aug 2013, 14:41 BST
Issue No. 2367
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