Socialist Worker

Wigan Hovis jobs ‘at risk’

Issue No. 2457

Some 48 workers at the Hovis bakery in Wigan are being threatened with redundancy. 

Bosses announced that they would put jobs “at risk” as part of plans to reduce production at the bakery.

Bfawu union members won a battle against zero hours contracts at the bakery in 2013. It is the only Hovis site that has been targeted for redundancies.

Bfawu regional secretary Geoff Atkinson told Socialist Worker it’s an attack on the union—although he did not believe it had come from management at Wigan.

Geoff said, “We would say this is punishment to get back at us.”

The union were set to meet with management to discuss the threatened redundancies as Socialist Worker went to press.

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