More than 300 workers at the Findus factory in Longbenton, North Tyneside, struck on Wednesday of last week in protest at a planned two-week annual summer shut-down.
The factory produces Findus crispy pancakes among other products for the multinational company.
The workers in the GMB union started an overtime ban four weeks ago and, after unproductive talks with the bosses, voted to to hold a one-day strike.
Mick Hopper, a GMB organiser, said, “We had a big meeting with the workers last Saturday and put the new conditions to the workers, but people didn’t seem happy.
“The two-week shut down is what people don’t want and that is what is being proposed.
“There has been some concessions from the management but not enough. There was a vote to see if
the workers wanted to go ahead with the strike and it was overwhelmingly in favour.”
One worker said, “We are all completely against this shut-down by the company.
“We already shut at Christmas and summer is a time when you need to be flexible.
“This kind of thing has never happened at the factory before and I have been here quite a while, so we are determined not to let it happen now.
“Things have been building up over time and this was the final straw. I just hope the strike has the effect we hope for.”
Another worker added, “It’s just so sad that it has come to this. We have been pushed so far by the management and there’s been no option but to push back.
“There has been no consultation about the holidays and it is the latest in a long line of problems we’ve had with the management.”
Another said, “This was done without any consultation and that’s what we are annoyed about.
“Those two weeks are the hottest and busiest of the year I don’t want to take my holidays then.”
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