Progress made over 2 Sisters pay row

Progress is being made over a pay row between staff and employers at 2 Sisters Carlisle, according to a union representative.

Area organiser for the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW) Jayne Shotton told that “we have made some movement” and that another meeting between USDAW and the company has been set for Thursday (19 July). Shotton also said that until the dispute was settled, she was unable to supply any other information.

The poultry supplier, which is owned by Ranjit Boparan, has asked the 800 staff at the Cavaghan and Gray site to accept reduced pay for overtime and bank holidays as well as a reduction in rights to sick-pay and redundancy.

A spokesperson from 2 Sisters said the company was trying to introduce the measures to preserve the business. He said: “We operate in a highly competitive environment and, as a major supplier to all of the UK’s leading retailers, we continually need to ensure that we deliver the highest quality at the lowest cost. A number of ready meal sites have closed in recent years and we need to ensure Carlisle can remain viable. We will continue to work with the trade unions to discuss these proposals.”

In a previous meeting, employees turned down a proposed package from 2 Sisters, but agreed to offer a compromise package of reduced pay for double time on Sundays and a reduction of general overtime from time-and-a-half to time-and-a-quarter. Employees also agreed to reduce their rights to sick pay and have agreed to reduce Bank Holiday pay from basic plus double time to time-and-a-half.

The 2 Sisters spokesperson also told that the union originally recommended employees accept the proposed changes to terms and conditions.

> Strong Q1 for 2 Sisters Food Group


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