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8 Sep 2021

Will Jefford, NorthantsLive

UK: Weetabix settles dispute with workers over pay while engineers confirm 48-hour strikes

"Weetabix resolve wage dispute at Burton Latimer cereal bar factory after strike", 8 September 2021

Workers at Weetabix's Burton Latimer factory have resolved a wage dispute with the company after going on strike in August.

Usdaw union representatives for workers at the AP4 plant in the Northamptonshire town have now confirmed that staff members have settled their dispute with the company.

Workers had walked out after an agreement could not be made over shift pay, however they have now voted to accept a new offer with 82% of workers agreeing to the new terms...

Ed Leach, Usdaw area organiser, said: “We are pleased to have come to a resolution, after the company finally moved on the issue and reinstated the 27.5% shift pay premium.

"It is disappointing that we had to resort to a 24-hour stoppage and I thank our members for standing strong against a significant threat to their pay.”

The resolution comes on the same day that workers at the company's Kettering and Corby factories confirmed they will be going on strike next week...

A Weetabix spokesperson previously told NorthantsLive that they will "remain in close consultation" with their colleagues in order to reach a resolution.

"As part of our ongoing change programme, it is necessary to implement new ways of working at our cereal bar factory to keep us competitive," the spokesperson said.

"We’re disappointed that our employees’ representatives feel it necessary to ballot for industrial action, but respect their right to do so.

"Our success over nearly 90 years is built on a strong sense of teamwork and we will remain in close consultation with our colleagues to reach a mutually agreeable solution.

"We are proud to have recognised the efforts of all of our teams in keeping our factories open throughout the challenges of the last year and we were very happy to be able to share two discretionary bonuses with our manufacturing teams during that time."

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