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Pasties are binned in Lincoln walkout over half-baked wages

by Nick Clark
Issue No. 2500

Campaigns for union rights are  taking place in fast food and bakeries

Campaigns for union rights are taking place in fast food outlets and bakeries (Pic: Duncan Brown)


Three workers in a Lincoln high street bakery shut down their store and threw away all the pasties in it to demand thousands of pounds of unpaid wages.

They closed their branch of Cooplands bakers at the Carlton retail park on Thursday of last week.

Kerry Newton, Katie Shipman and Dominika Marek claim they are owed £3,000 between them.

It comes after Cooplands went into administration in February last year.

Bosses sacked more than 300 workers and closed almost half of Cooplands’ 80 stores. The Lincoln workers’ jobs were spared after administrator Deloitte announced Cooplands would continue trading.

But they claim they have not been paid in full?on?time. Katie said she is owed around £1,400, and is three months behind on her mortgage repayments.

She said, “We were each offered £100 from the till not to walk out today but we’ve had enough and we won’t be back until we’re paid in full.

“We pulled down the shutter and put the food in the bin.”

Kerry said, “They said that as the business grew, we would get paid, but we are getting less money.”

Dominika added, “It’s horrendous. I can’t pay my bills and I’m having to borrow money off people to pay my debts.”

A memo sent to workers by Cooplands bosses said, “Things are getting better”, before adding, “We do not spend our mornings flushing ten and twenty pound notes down the toilet.

“Nor do we spend our lunchtimes eating fried lobster drizzled with melted pound coins or our afternoons quaffing champagne and snorting Oats So Simple through rolled up fifty pound notes on the deck of a company yacht moored on the river at the back of the old bakery.

 


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