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Move To Strike Ballot At Jacobs Biscuits

Friday, August 30, 2013

800 GMB Members At Jacobs In Liverpool Seek Permission For Official Strike Ballot Over Threat To Impose Changes To Existing Agreements

Talks fail to ensure company representatives understood the depth of feeling by members about the implementation of changes without the appropriate consultations says GMB

GMB officials will seek permission from the GMB Central Executive Council (CEC) to hold an official strike ballot for 800 GMB members at Jacobs, Aintree, Liverpool in a dispute over imposing changes to existing agreements.

This follows talks on Wednesday, 28th August between GMB representatives and the Acting Factory General Manager and HR managers.

The talks failed to make progress on the company’s wish to change long-standing agreements and to impose changes if agreement cannot be reached with union members.  See notes to editors for previous GMB press release on issues in dispute.

The CEC will deal with the matter at the next meeting on Tuesday 3rd September.

Sue Morgan, GMB Organiser said “The discussion was full and frank in an attempt to ensure that the company representatives understood the depth of feeling felt by members working on the site about the implementation of changes without the appropriate consultations.

The company reiterated its wish to continue with changes to existing agreements and unfortunately nothing was said at the meeting to instill confidence that anything will change going forward.

Regretfully this leaves us with no other option but to seek permission from the CEC to hold an industrial action ballot.”

Contact: Sue Morgan, GMB Organiser on 07740 804054 or 0151 727 0077 or GMB Press Office: 079921 289880 or 07974 251823 or 020 7391 6755.

Notes to editors

GMB press release

Wednesday 21st August 2013??GMB AND MANAGEMENT TO MEET ON WEDNESDAY 28TH AUGUST TO DEAL WITH DISCONTENT IN LIVERPOOL BISCUIT FACTORY

The company’s desire to amend long-standing agreements to the detriment of members is not acceptable and will be resisted says GMB

There will be a meeting between GMB negotiators and Jacobs Crackers management has been set for Wednesday 28th August to attempt to defuse growing discontent at the factory.

This follows a GMB Branch meeting held on Sunday 18th August where 800 members employed at Jacobs Cracker factory in Aintree discussed the company’s wish to change long-standing agreements and to impose changes if agreement cannot be reached with union members.

Sue Morgan, GMB Organiser said, “GMB is hoping to resolve all the issues that are worrying GMB members at Jacobs Cracker at a meeting with the company on Wednesday 28th August.

The company’s desire to amend long-standing agreements to the detriment of GMB members is not acceptable and will be resisted.

If we are unsuccessful in sorting things out at the meeting on 28th then I will be seeking permission from the GMB Central Executive Council to hold an industrial action ballot of members at the site.”

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