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Rise to the challenge to stop job cuts at Hovis in Wigan

Issue No. 2482

More than 100 jobs are set to be slashed at the Hovis factory in Wigan.

Bosses at Hovis plan to shut down a bread production line at the factory—meaning 111 workers could be sacked.

The cuts come after around 48 workers were made redundant after bosses scaled down production earlier this year.

The factory was the site of a significant victory against zero hours contracts after strikes by members of the Bfawu union in 2013.

Regional Bfawu organiser Geoff Atkinson said he believed Hovis was being deliberately targeted as a result of that victory.

He added that Bfawu will be putting forward counter proposals to “save a number of jobs”.

Action is the way to thwart the bosses’ plans—as Hovis workers proved when they won two years ago.

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