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Fox's Glacier Mint workers protest over fire and rehire

25 Mar 2022
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 When: 1.30pm Monday 28 March 2022 

Where: Valeo Snackfoods, Low Poppleton Lane, York, YO26 6AZ 

Striking Fox’s Glacier Mint workers are set to stage a mass protest on Monday [28 March 2022] telling bosses to drop their fire and rehire threat. 

Workers will be joined by a giant polar bear, labour councillors and York Knights rugby players [TBC] at the event. 

Staff at Valeo York, who also make Poppets and humbugs, mint assortments butter mints, rhubarb and custards and lemon sherberts for well-known supermarkets including M&S, are on strike following attacks on their pay, terms, and conditions.   

They have been told by bosses they will be fired and re-hired unless they agree to a new contract which reduces their holiday and pay – which some have through fear of losing their job. 

Fire and rehire as a negotiating tactic has been roundly condemned by politicians of all stripes – including the Prime Minister. 

A mass GMB poll showed more than three quarters of the public want fire and rehire to be made illegal. 

Katherine Mitchell, GMB Organiser, said: 

“Fire and rehire is an outdated, abhorrent practice that should be made illegal. 

“It’s never acceptable. 

"Valeo bosses are trying to impose a real terms pay cut on these loyal workers in the midst of the worst cost of living crisis in a generation. 

“During the strikes, managers haven't allowed striking workers to use canteen or toilet facilities and called the police on a lawful picket. 

“We’re here to say enough is enough – support your workers instead of trying to bully them into submission.” 

 
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