Bosses at Gunstones bakery in Dronfield near Sheffield announced a devastating 420 redundancies last week.
The bakery has been owned by the 2 Sisters Food Group since it took over Northern Foods in 2011.
Workers there are organised in the Bfawu union.
Bfawu president Ian Hodson told Socialist Worker, “2 Sisters is leading a race to the bottom in the food industry—sacking those workers with better terms and conditions and getting everyone down to the minimum.”
The company has aggressively expanded in recent years by taking over struggling food firms.
Bfawu estimates that this has led to 2,000 job losses in the last 18 months alone.
Another 390 redundancies have been announced at Avana Bakeries in Newport, South Wales.
It was also taken over by 2 Sisters then sold to Utopia Foods, a firm set up by former 2 Sisters managers.
“We’re asking workers to stand up and say they’re not going to take it,” said Ian.
“Look at what our members did at Hovis last year—fight back with industrial action. If they take that decision our union and the labour movement will get behind them.
“Every job is worth fighting for, and sometimes when you are being bullied you have no choice but to take a stand.”
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