AB Agriculture contract row prompts strike threat
Close to 50 employees at animal feed firm AB Agriculture Ltd are threatening strike action over a contract dispute.
Workers union Unite started balloting its members at the Bury St Edmunds firm in Suffolk on Monday 11 July, and will close on Friday 22 July.
According to Unite, employees face increases in working times and cuts to their annual holidays.
“What we are seeing here is a concerted attack by the management of a very profitable international company on the pay and terms and conditions of our members,” said Unite regional officer Steve Harley.
The union alleged that the business was making attempts to “bully” employees. “Staff have been threatened with losing their jobs, putting their homes at risk, if they vote to take industrial action.” Harley said that Unite has raised allegations with management and the human resources team, but “not a single case has been investigated”.
A statement from AB Agriculture in reference to the claims read: “We have been working with employees and trade unions over the last three months to bring in new workplace agreements at our 11 ABN monograstric feed mills in the UK, which includes our site in Bury St Edmunds.
“We have been open in our consultation approach, and will continue to work together to achieve a fair outcome for all.”
The company supplies animal feeds to companies including Bernard Matthews, Banham Poultry and Gressingham Foods.
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