Greencore defends itself against Unite attack

Greencore has again hit back at accusations by union Unite that it has breached employment law.

Last week Unite announced it had filed a complaint with the Ethical Trading Initiative against Greencore in Hull, which makes cakes and desserts for a number of leading supermarkets.

However Greencore said it was not, “as had been falsely claimed” cutting pay or putting jobs at risk and confirmed that it ws in ongoing negiotiations with Unite.

“Unite has a minority representation among Greencore employees at the site and has refused to formally ballot their members on any of the company’s proposals. Unite has also failed to suggest any credible solutions to save costs at the site,” said a spokesman for the firm.

Unite has accused Greencore of “abolishing overtime, shift and bank holiday premium for all workers, the majority of whom are on the national minimum wage”, as well as re-engaging workers on new, and less preferable terms and conditions.

Earlier this year it was revealed that 236 jobs were under threat at the Greencore Hull site after it reportedly lost a £7m contract with Sainsbury’s. However, the latest row over pay and conditions is not related to that contract loss.

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