Cake firm staff take their fight to Ireland HQ
WORKERS at a cake firm in Hull are taking their fight against the company to Ireland in a bid to end their pay dispute.
Employees from the Greencore Cakes and Desserts factory are travelling to Dublin to try to stop what they say is an attack on pay and conditions.
Union Unite says Greencore, which supplies celebration cakes and desserts to leading supermarkets, has used the threat of redundancy to force workers to accept changes to their contracts, a claim refuted by the firm.
Jennie Formby, of Unite, said: "Members at Greencore are furious over Greencore's rotten behaviour towards its workers.
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"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."
According to Unite, the changes being enforced by the company mean employees must now work all hours for basic pay, with overtime and shift pay abolished and no extra pay for working bank holidays.
A worker at the factory in Hull, who did not wish to be named, said: "This dispute has gone on far too long. It should have never come to us having to go to the company's headquarters.
"We thought they would have taken notice after the rally but it seems they have brushed it under the carpet."
Unite representatives were travelling to Dublin today to deliver a petition signed by hundreds of workers to Greencore's chief executive, Patrick Coveney, at the company's HQ in Santry.
The petition was signed at a rally outside the factory, in Amsterdam Road, in July.
Workers will also visit Dublin's department of agriculture and food in the afternoon to highlight their campaign.
Hull employees from the Irish-owned company are in dispute over the company's decision to make the changes permanent after initially saying they will be temporary.
Unite says the company is also threatening to sack 236 workers and replace them with agency workers if they do not sign up to the new terms.
However, Greencore has said these allegations are wide of the mark.
A spokesman for Greencore said: "We have been trying to engage with Unite for a period of time and have made a number of proposals but have received no reply.
"We are disappointed they are continuing with these allegations and we hope the situation will be resolved soon."