Weetabix workers warn of lack of “fire and rehire” lines


Weetabix packet

Weetabix packet

The union has warned that if the “fire and rehire” line leads to a strike, weetabix could run short this summer.

Engineers at Kettering and Kobe’s factory in Northamptonshire have overcome wages and conditions and threatened to shut down production.

They say some of them are made to accept new contracts that could mean losing up to £ 5,000 a year.

Weetabix said he was discussing new ways of working with workers.

“Shameful” movement

Unite said the company told engineers to change their work patterns under new contracts, which would result in a significant reduction in shift allowances.

He added that there are moves that require more day shifts than shift work, which will further contribute to wage reductions.

“Our members play an important role in keeping the Weetabix plant up and running, and it’s shameful to treat them in an unmanageable way simply to increase profits,” said Unite Regional Officer. Sean Kettle says.

“The solution is in the hands of Weetabix. They need to withdraw the threat of dismissing and rehiring members and returning to the negotiating table.”

Unite said the strike ballot will begin on Thursday, May 27th and end on Thursday, June 3rd.

He added that if workers vote to stop the strike, it will start later next month.

“If a strike occurs, we will definitely stop Weetabix production and run out of stores,” Kettle said.

A Weetabix spokesperson told the BBC: “As part of our ongoing change program, we have been in close consultation with our employees and local union representatives to implement new ways of working.

“We are proud to acknowledge all the team’s efforts to keep the factory open through last year’s challenges, and we are very pleased to share the two discretionary bonuses with the manufacturing team during that time.”

Controversial practice

Firefighting and reemployment involves companies notifying workers of redundancy with the aim of providing workers with work with relaxed contract terms.

Trade unions called on the government to ban this practice after the TUC discovered that one in ten workers was under threat of fire and reemployment during a pandemic.

“Fires and reemployment are sickening our workplaces,” said Unite General Secretary Len McCluskey.

“Weak laws allow bad bosses to force brutal changes to contracts, sometimes robbing families of thousands of pounds of wages they need to go through.

“This is a shameful practice that has been outlawed in much of Europe and should be here.”

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