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  • United Biscuits workers set to start strike action at Liverpool factory

    first_imgMore than 800 workers at a United Biscuits’ Jacob’s factory are to strike following a dispute over sick pay.Strike action at the Aintree, Liverpool plant will take place between now and Christmas after talks on Monday between workers’ union GMB and UB failed to reach a compromise to prevent action. Six strike days are reported to be in the offing, with workers due to walk out as early as this Sunday and Monday (23 and 24 November), and four more due to take place before Christmas.Stuart Fegan, GMB national officer for the food manufacturing industry, has said the company was trying to impose a solution to high absence levels at the plant without first agreeing the changes with the workforce.He told the Liverpool Echo that strike action could affect the production of Jacob’s crackers in the run up to Christmas. He said: “They have failed to produce a resolution. We will be publishing strike dates later today.“We are very angry. Our best endeavours to engage with management to find a resolution have not been reciprocated.”Fegan has also said that ‘illegal’ changes are being made at the factory. He continued: “United Biscuits has pressed ahead with unilateral and illegal changes to terms and conditions of our members. GMB has been organising with our sister trade unions in the UK to resist the threatened outsourcing of products away from the Aintree site. This has been supported by our European sister unions.“The United Biscuit management must be ‘crackers’ to think the workforce at Aintree, who have made a massive contribution to the profits of United Biscuits and for the last 100 years, would lie down without a fight.”EXCLUSIVE UPDATE:United biscuits has hit back at claims made by the GMB workers union, saying that it ‘does not recognise’ its account of events which have led to the strike.It also says that it will continue to try to make negotiations with the workers, to avoid strike action.A spokesperson for the biscuit company told British Baker: “United Biscuits does not recognise the account of events attributed to Mr Fegan, but nevertheless remains absolutely committed to working with the GMB to resolve this matter and avert a strike that can only damage the long term prospects for quality jobs at the site. Discussions are currently continuing.“What we are talking about is the introduction of a modernised absence management system which simply requires anyone who needs to take sickness absence to call their line manager to alert them of their absence, and to get a note from their GP after three days of sickness leave This new process will mean improvements in sick pay for over 85% of Aintree staff. No employee is in any way worse off in relation to the proposals being discussed. Casual absence at Aintree is running at 8%, the highest levels we’ve seen since 2006 and three times the national average.“The other key issue at the heart of this dispute is over some changes to a two-week Christmas shut down which was agreed in principle with GMB representatives in May of this year. The GMB is demanding that the original factory shut down be reinstated which is 19th December to 5th January, for a fully paid two week break. The latter demand has been made in the full knowledge that such a shutdown would seriously impact the Company’s ability to satisfy customer requirements over the peak season.”United Biscuits is reserving the right to flex the factory operating up until the afternoon of Christmas Eve on those lines where necessary, recommencing full production on the 5th January. This still gives staff a substantial break over the festive period.“We remain hopeful that further discussions this week will be able to resolve both matters.”last_img read more

  • NFF blasts ex-Sports Minister on crisis talk

    first_imgRelatedPosts Ministry reads riot act to NFA, Clubs over resumption of league Super Eagles to unveil new Nike jersey in Portugal CAF, NFF celebrate Enyeama at 38 The Chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation Media and Publicity Committee, Hon. Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande, has described as a concoction of half truths and outright falsehood a statement credited to a former Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, that crisis erupted between him (Dalung) and the NFF over payment of monies to Nigeria’s U23 team during their Rio 2016 Olympics qualifying tournament in Senegal in 2015. Yahaya-Kwande said: “There would have been no need to respond to Mr. Dalung other than to put the record straight as we still respect his status as a former Minister of Sports. His statement was full of half truths and blatant falsehood and we wonder what the objective is at this juncture if not to create more distractions and toxic issues around Nigerian Football. Mr. Dalung’s problem was that he came into office with a pre-conceived objective of effecting regime-change in the NFF for political benefits. His failure continues to bite him hard even after he has left office. “The NFF never said it wanted to disburse the money to the players. When he said the Ministry would do so, we gladly obliged the Ministry the account details of the players. His so-called revelation that the NFF President personally came to him asking for the money is a blatant lie. “Till today, Mr. Dalung and the Sports Ministry refused to pay for the camping of the same team in the United States for the Olympics. Our FIFA Match Agent who arranged the camp is still being owed, and a Nigerian businessman who paid for the charter of an aircraft for the purpose of conveying the team to Brazil has not been refunded his money. Anyone can call Mr. Idowu and ask him.” Yahaya-Kwande recalled that despite stating that he was unaware of the team camping in the USA and that the team officials might have been engaging in human trafficking, the football team won Nigeria’s only medal at the Olympics in Brazil. He said: “That we did not respond to most of Mr. Dalung’s denigrating statements while he was in office was not for lack of what to say; we held back because of the high respect we have for our father, President Muhammadu Buhari, who appointed him. Mr. Dalung should henceforth respect himself by telling only the truth. It is not the place of a former Minister, having completed his duty tour, to be going about spreading non-factual and denigrating statements against his former subordinates simply to sustain the toxic environment he left behind or to distract the new managers of sports in Nigeria. “For as long as we can remember, the Ministry of Sports has been disbursing money directly to players and officials of teams involved in competitions superintended by the Ministry, such as the All-Africa Games, the U23 AFCON and the Olympic Games. NFF never contemplated changing that process while Mr. Dalung was in office.”Tags: NFFsolomon DalungSuleiman Yahaya Kwandelast_img read more