WORKERS at Fox’s biscuits had voted in favour of a strike over working conditions and terms, but it has been averted at the eleventh hour.
A ballot took place over the Batley factory owner’s plans to cut sick pay, redundancy pay, overtime and bank holiday pay, in return for a 3% rise in workers’ pay. But the 2 Sisters Company which owns Fox’s, amended its proposals. It said it was pleased that strike action had been averted.
But the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU) ballot was returned by 397 people with 70% in favour of industrial action. 57% voted for strike action. But a more recent ballot saw a majority accepting the amended offer.
BFAWU Branch Secretary Helena England before the amended proposals said: “This is the last chance saloon for the company. Nobody wants to go on strike, it doesn’t do us or the company any good, but it’s got the point now where we have to stand up and fight. We’ve been through a lot in the last four years.”
But following the new proposals she said: “This result is a relief for some of our members, but is a disappointment for others. The company has moved things a little bit, and employees are happier with this new proposal.”
Owner of Fox’s, 2 Sisters said: “We do not believe the appetite to strike is widespread and, with our attractive pay offer remaining on the table, we still remain hopeful of securing a workable outcome. Discussions are continuing.”