Allied Bakeries avoids strike disruption

A hot cross bun shortage has been avoided following successful talks between Allied Bakeries and union officials.

As reported by the BBC, members of the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) were due to hold a 24-hour walk-out of the company’s Cardiff bakery on Wednesday, after changes to holiday entitlement and shift patterns.

However, British Baker has learned the strike has been called off in the wake of successful talks between union representatives and the company.

John James, organising regional secretary for Region 2 of the BFAWU, said: “We at the BFAWU have met with company representatives and have resolved the current issues. We will be having further talks in April.”

The BBC warned the strike could have affected the production of the 900,000 hot cross buns produced there, something which will now be avoided.

Mike Auden, general manager of Allied Bakeries Wales, said: “Following constructive discussions with unions, we are pleased to confirm that an agreement has been reached and it will be business as usual at our Cardiff bakery this week.”

Allied Bakeries recently reported a substantial increase in volume sales for the 16 weeks to 2 January.

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