Fears of national Weetabix shortage as vote begins on strike action

A union has warned that there could be a national Weetabix shortage as workers in the grain brand’s factories vote on strike actions.

A vote opened on Thursday (May 27), which increased anger over treaty changes. According to Unite, employees could get £ 5,000 worse off every year.

The dispute concerns engineers at the company’s factories in Northamptonshire, Northants Live Reports.

According to the union, Weetabix has given them new contracts and work patterns.

She said this would result in significant cuts in shift allowances, requiring more day work than shift work, which would further contribute to the cut in wages.

Weetabix said it was “in close consultation” with employees and unions about new ways of working.

Unite has claimed it could result in workers being laid off and hired on new terms.

Sean Kettle, Unite regional officer, said, “Unite will not sit idly by allowing our members to be fired and reinstated.

“Our members play an essential role in keeping Weetabix assets up and running and treating them spontaneously to simply increase profits is a shame.

“If there is a strike, it will undoubtedly disrupt Weetabix production and lead to bottlenecks in stores.

“The solution is in the hands of Weetabix. They need to withdraw the fire hazard, reinstate our members and return to the negotiating table.”

A Weetabix spokesperson said: “As part of our ongoing change program, we’ve been working closely with our employees and their local union representatives to implement new ways of working.

“We are proud to have recognized the efforts of all of our teams to keep our factories open during the challenges of last year and we were very happy to share two discretionary bonuses with our manufacturing teams during this time.”

Voting for strike action ends on June 3rd.


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