Unite the Union

Unite the Union

December 20, 2007 05:38 ET

Christmas Cracker Strike Threat Averted at the Last Minute

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 20, 2007) - Unite, the UK's largest trade union, has reached a deal on Christmas working hours with Jacob's Bakery.

A last minute deal averting industrial action has been struck at the company. Workers at Jacob's Bakery at Aintree, which produces the famous cream cracker were angry over changes to Christmas working practices which would have made it compulsory to work over the Christmas period.

Unite Regional Officer, Debbie Brannan,

"We are extremely pleased that we have reached a compromise that is acceptable to all concerned. We look forward to continued joint working next year as we see further investments in recruitment and apprenticeships at the company.

The company has agreed with individuals what shifts they can work over the Christmas period and the issue has now been agreed amicably. We would like to wish all at Jacobs a merry Christmas and a productive new year."

The arrangements would have required maintenance workers to work over the Christmas period whereas previously they ensured production was covered without individuals being forced to work. Instead the company has now agreed shift patterns which are acceptable to the individuals concerned.

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