Workers in major M&S supplier vote on strike action

GMB Scotland is balloting workers at the Caledonian Produce plant in Bo’ness for strike action over a "derisory" pay offer, 2 pence above the national minimum wage.

The food giant Bakkavor, which owns the plant, last year had revenues of around £1.8 billion, but is refusing to increase pay above inflation.

"This isn’t just poor pay, this is poverty pay."

GMB Scotland Organiser, David Hume, who has been leading negotiations with the company, said that “This is an official ballot for strike action by GMB Scotland members at Caledonian Produce in Bo’ness working exclusively on preparing fresh food for M&S."

"Their employer, Bakkavor, which describes itself as an international player and leader in the fresh prepared food market, has revenues of around £1.8 Billion but are trying to force their staff to accept a derisory 2.25% pay offer, which is below inflation, and at just 2 pence above the legally allowable minimum wage. This isn’t just poor pay, this is poverty pay." he said.

"GMB Scotland’s priority is always the defence of our members’ interests and that is why we are recommending a vote for strike and a rejection of a derisory pay offer that doesn’t come close to meeting the rising real cost of living.”

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