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Solidarity protest at Hovis picket line next Wednesday

by Sarah Ensor
Issue No. 2369

Hovis workers in Wigan met last night, Thursday, to plan their second week-long strike from next Wednesday, 11 September against zero-hour contracts.

There is a call for trade unionists and campaigners to support the strikers on the picket line from 6am on Wednesday morning. Unite the Resistance is supporting the call

Ian Hodson, president of Bfawu the Bakers’ union, said, “We’ve received phenomenal support and we’re very grateful.”

The 220 Hovis machine operatives’ and cleaners’ first week-long strike ended last Wednesday.

Lorry drivers refused to cross picket lines and left the trucks in the road outside the factory. Managers then drove them in.

Most lorries are expected to arrive between 8.30am and 11.45am.

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 called in only as and when they are needed with no guaranteed hours.

But the strikers have got solidarity from other unions such as PCS, Unite, GMB and Unison.

Supporters collected £235 in Wigan town centre and outside a football match in the last strike and workers collected money in their work places.

Workers from the McVities biscuit factory in Manchester, where some people are already on zero hour contracts, came to show support.

Ian added, “We’ve had fantastic support from other workers, unions and organisations. We need to keep it going to keep morale up.”

Support the Hovis strikers
Wednesday 11 September, 6.30 am 
Hovis, Cale Lane, Aspull
Wigan WN2 1HD


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