18 July 2012
WHEN: 19 July 2012, 12.15pm – 2.30pm
WHERE: Greencore cakes and desserts, Amsterdam Road, Hull, North Humberside, HU7 0XS
Workers at Greencore, a key supplier of cakes and desserts to Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose will stage a protest on Thursday (19 July) over the company’s attacks on workers’ rights by slashing pay and threatening redundancy.
Unite has accused Greencore in Hull of impoverishing its workers by abolishing overtime, shift and bank holiday premia for all workers, the majority of whom are on the national minimum wage.
Greencore is also threatening to make 236 people redundant and replace them with agency workers and breaching employment law by issuing individual notices to terminate contracts and re-engage workers on new and worse terms and conditions before the end of the legal consultation period.
Hundreds of workers have signed a petition calling for a living wage and urging management to stop the attacks on their pay and conditions.
Unite national officer, Jennie Formby, said: “This cake and dessert supplier to the country’s best known supermarkets has left a bitter taste in its workers’ mouths. Greencore’s workers are demanding the firm’s attacks on their rights ends now.
“Unite will keep increasing the pressure against this major supplier to Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury’s. We will not standby and allow Greencore to break the law, attack union rights and the terms and conditions of the lowest paid workers in society. We hope Greencore sees sense and sits down with Unite to resolve these problems through negotiation.”
Unite regional officer, Malcolm Hancock, said: “Hundreds of workers have signed a petition calling for a living wage and urging management to stop the attacks on their pay and conditions.
“The workers have already been surviving on poverty wages since management ‘temporarily’ removed these conditions in 2010, now the company wants to make it permanent. Even though its sales and revenues are up and the Greencore Group is extremely profitable.
“The company has rejected all the cost saving ideas that Unite has put forward even though it acknowledges that it could save hundreds of thousands of pounds. It is time for Greencore to end its unfair treatment of staff and live up to its responsibilities.”
Greencore Group plc is a international manufacturer of convenience foods. It has 22 convenience foods manufacturing sites in the UK and the US; and employs in the region of 11,000 people. Unite represents thousands of workers at Greencore sites across the UK. The union’s campaign relates to the company’s cakes and desserts supplier in Hull.
Contact: Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315