Strike action looms at ABP Wessex

Talks will be held today (20 May) to avoid possible strike action at frozen meats firm ABP Wessex, according to workers union Unite.

Unite reported that workers at the Northallerton branch in North Yorkshire, which employs 150 people, could strike over possible changes to contract terms and conditions, including reductions to paid holidays. Unite also reported that ABP plans to ‘buy out’ extra holiday days awarded to workers after long service.

Unite regional officer Sarah Mitchell said: “These proposed changes are detrimental to the workforce. Our members have unanimously rejected the unacceptable changes and requested that we proceed to an industrial action ballot.

“We have a further meeting with the management tomorrow at which we hope to reach an agreement, thus negating the need for industrial action. However our members are strongly committed to getting an acceptable and fair settlement – and this includes taking industrial action.”

A spokesperson for ABP said: “We are in discussions with our staff representatives at Northallerton and are not in a position to comment at this time.”

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