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Pork Farms owner issues statement as Nottingham bakery staff to strike over pay

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The food group which runs a Nottingham bakery where staff have voted in favour of strike action has issued a statement. Staff at Nottingham Riverside Bakery were balloted in February, asking if they wanted to strike in a dispute over pay.

More than 170 workers employed by the bakery, based in Crossgate Drive, Nottingham, will take action during a continuous all-out pay strike from March 30 at 12.01am onwards. The Compleat Food Group is responsible for the bakery, and says a ‘very favourable offer’ was put forward which was rejected by Unite trade union, and that contingency plans are in place.

Riverside Bakery produces quiches, flans and savoury tarts sold by major retailers including Tesco, ASDA, Sainsbury’s, Aldi and Marks and Spencer. The company’s brands include Pork Farms and Wall’s.

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A spokesperson for The Compleat Food Group said:After extensive talks, The Compleat Food Group made a very favourable offer of increases to basic hourly rates for the colleagues at Riverside Bakery. This offer, which was rejected by the Union, built on a very competitive pay and reward package for those colleagues at Riverside and would have been backdated to October 1 2022.

“The union members of the Riverside Bakery site have now voted in favour of industrial action and notified the business that they intend to take continuous action from 12.01am on March 30 2022. The Compleat Food Group will establish contingency plans to help mitigate any impact this situation has on supplying our customers.”

Officials at Unite claim workers are being offered ‘a pay cut disguised as a rise’, and claims it would leave staff worse off by reducing overtime, bank holiday and premium rates.

Sharon Graham, Unite general secretary, said: “Unite is here to defend our members’ jobs, pay and conditions. Riverside Bakery’s pay cut in disguise is a direct attack on the living standards of their workforce.

“The workers’ all-out strike action will bring operations at the bakery to a halt. They will receive Unite’s full backing for as long as it takes for the company to see sense and table a proper pay offer.”

Riverside Bakery is part of the Addo Food Group, which was bought by private equity firm PAI Partners in 2020. PAI is planning to merge Addo with another chilled food company it owns, Winterbotham Darby, to create a new company, The Compleat Food Group.

Cheryl Pidgeon, Unite regional officer, said: “Strike action and the resultant shortages of Pork Farms products in stores nationwide can still be avoided during negotiations scheduled for this week.

“For that to happen, however, the company needs to put forward an offer our members, who are struggling under the cost-of-living crisis, can accept.”

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