Workers at Oldham-based Park Cakes are currently being balloted over strike action, following claims by the Bakers Food and Workers’ Union (BFAWU), that the firm is attempting to bypass new legis-lation covering agency workers.

The union has also claimed that the firm was planning on introducing new contracts without consultation and without agreement.

Park Cakes said it had consulted with the unions on the introduction of new contracts for new employees, but the union and company could not reach an agreement.

The company confirmed that a new contract had been introduced for future employees joining the business, but said existing staff contracts were unaffected by these changes, and would remain on their existing terms.

A spokesperson for Park Cakes said that the ballot was running from 3 - 14 October, and so it could not provide an update on the situation until then.