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Will Bakkavor workers be out in cold over Xmas?

15 December 2010

Despite attempts by Unite to save jobs at Icelandic-owned Bakkavor’s food factory in Lincolnshire, the future is looking bleak for about 170 workers at the plant. But there is some joy in sight…

Workers at a Spalding plant facing a grim New Year will be buoyed when Father Christmas swoops in to support their fight to save their jobs and pay.

Apart from the 170 local workers who face the sack in 2011, many more will see their pay slashed by thousands of pounds per year when their employers implement cuts in the New Year.

Unite accuses Bakkavor of making its workers pay for the multimillion pound incompetence of its management team, which it claims has seen costs rise needlessly and vital contracts with national retailers lost.

Unite is organising a community protest against the cuts this Friday to bring the community together behind the workforce. At the central Spalding demo, Father Christmas himself will put in an appearance to hand out chocolate coins to local children and sing a few carols to raise the workers' spirits.

Unite's national officer for food and drink Jennie Formby vowed they’d never give up the fight to save the jobs and pay of the workers: "If there was any justice it would be Bakkavor management on the line, not the jobs of these loyal workers. A catalogue of management failures has caused Bakkavor’s current problems yet it’s the workforce who will pay the price."

"These are already poorly paid workers, with many having to hold down two jobs to make ends meet. Many people at this plant are married or live together which means entire households will suffer twice-over from Bakkavor's assault.

"And the worst part of it all is it doesn’t have to be this way. There are many ways in which Bakkavor could sharpen up its act and give this company a bright future without workers losing their jobs or having thousands of pounds slashed from their pay.

"We know the people of Spalding will get behind their friends and family during these tough times and help us persuade the company see sense."

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