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Drivers refuse to cross Gunstone's bakery workers’ picket

by Jeannie Robinson
Issue No. 2458

Members of the Bfawu bakers’ union at Gunstone’s Bakery in Dronfield, Sheffield, began a 48 hour strike on Monday of this week. 

Over 60 were on the picket line on Monday. There were cheers as lorry drivers refused to cross the picket line.  

Bosses have been stalling on a pay offer. They said they wanted a redundancy process and would return to a pay offer in February. 

But after 426 redundancies bosses said there would be no offer without changes to shifts and shift allowances.

One shop steward told Socialist Worker, “We will do whatever it takes to win. 

“Members are angry that there is no pay rise and the bosses want to take money off them too.” 

More strikes are planned.

Bosses have brought in hundreds of agency workers on short term contracts

Another striker said “They want us to do 12 hour shifts. Our bodies can’t take it.

“We are on our feet all day on the production line.”  

A delegation from the Hovis bakery in Wigan visited the picket line.


Bfawu Members at the Hovis bakery in Wigan are still in negotiations with bosses over plans to make 48 workers redundant.

 


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