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Jacobs biscuit workers bite back with rolling strikes

by John Carr
Issue No. 2432

On the Aintree picket

On the Aintree picket (Pic: John Carr)

Some 800 workers at Jacobs Biscuit factory in Aintree, Liverpool, walked out in the first two days of a rolling programme of strikes last week.

The walkouts, on Sunday and Tuesday, were solid. Now the workers, members of the GMB union, plan four more strikes on Wednesday and Saturday of this week, and on Sunday and Tuesday the week after. 

The dispute is over sick pay and management bullying. Hundreds of strikers picketed the gates on the strike days. The mood was summed up by one worker who said, “If bosses think they can walk over the Aintree workforce they’ve got another thing coming.” 

Food bosses in Glasgow are taking the biscuit with plans to sack 202 out of 700 workers in the McVitie’s factory.

The workers, members of the GMB union, are employed by United Biscuits. Turkish food giant Ulker recently took over the company and is pursuing a restructuring plan.   

The union has requested a meeting with the company.


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Tue 2 Dec 2014, 15:38 GMT
Issue No. 2432
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