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Cake workers go to Dublin 'to stop Greencore’s attacks on pay, conditions'

29 August 2012

Workers from Greencore Cakes and Desserts factory in Hull are taking their fight to Dublin in a bid to stop what they describe as the company’s attacks on workers’ pay and conditions

Greencore, whose biggest customer is Tesco but supply celebration cakes and desserts to all other supermarket giants, has, it is claimed, used the threat of redundancy to force workers to accept changes to their contract of work. According to Unite, this means they must now work all hours for basic pay, with all overtime and shift pay abolished and no extra pay for working bank holidays.

A delegation of Unite representatives will be flying out to Dublin to the company’s headquarters in Santry to deliver a giant petition ''signed by hundreds of workers'' to Greencore’s Chief Executive, Patrick Coveney. The petition calls for a living wage and urges Greencore management to stop the attacks on their pay and conditions.

Workers will also visit Dublin’s Department of Agriculture and Food in the afternoon to highlight their campaign. The workers hope to enlist the support of the Irish Government and Simon Coveney, the Minister of Agriculture (and brother of Patrick Coveney) to use the influence of their share in Greencore ''to urge them to end this unfair treatment to its loyal cake and dessert workers.''

Hull-based workers from the Irish owned company are in dispute over the company’s decision to cut overtime, shift and bank holiday premia, the majority of whom are on the national minimum wage, ''as well as threatening to sack 236 workers and replace them with agency workers if they do not sign up to the new terms,'' according to Unite.

Unite has filed a complaint with Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) against Greencore’s alleged unethical behaviour towards its members and the company’s ''breach of the ETI Base Code that all supermarkets insist their suppliers abide by and that provides a platform of rights for employees''.

Unite national officer for food and drink, Jennie Formby, said: “Unite members at Greencore are furious over Greencore’s rotten behaviour towards its workers.

“Our members only want what’s fair. A living wage instead of minimum wage, and a fair rate for overtime, shift work and bank holiday working.

“Greencore management say they value their employees, but their bullying behaviour in threatening Hull workers with their jobs if they don’t accept pay cuts proves the opposite is the case. Greencore says it can’t afford to pay fair rates, but its sales and market share is increasing and Greencore is a profitable, successful and growing company.

“We urge the Irish government and Minister of Agriculture to use the power of their ‘golden share’ to exert pressure on Greencore management to make them stop the attacks on their loyal cake and dessert workers in Hull and give them a fair share of the cake."

Unite says it is urging Greencore management to enter into meaningful negotiations over reinstating fair pay and conditions for its workers.


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