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A victory for Wigan Hovis workers

Issue No. 2370

Striking hovis workers on the picket line last week in Wigan

Striking hovis workers on the picket line last week in Wigan (Pic: Martin Empson)


Wigan Hovis workers who struck for a week earlier this month against zero-hours contracts and the use of agency staff have won a victory.

The 24 workers employed at Wigan Hovis since April on zero-hours contracts have been given full time permanent contracts. 

They will have the same pay and conditions as other workers doing the same job.

The second seven-day strike is set to begin on Wednesday of this week against the use of agency labour. A solidarity protest has been called from 6am. 

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

Workers from the McVities biscuit factory in Manchester, some of whom are already on zero hours contracts, came to show support. 

Ian Hodson, president of Bfawu bakers’ union said, “We’ve had fantastic support from other workers, unions and organisations.”

Solidarity protest—Wednesday 11 September, 6am, Hovis, Cale Lane, Wigan WN2 1HD.  Public meeting—Sat 14 September, 2.30pm, Whelley Labour Club, Northumberland St, WN1 3PZ

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