Reports are surfacing that staff at Fox’s Biscuits’ Batley site will ballot for industrial action, following their rejection of a 1.5% pay offer, with additional performance-related bonuses.

However, a source said that at a recent meeting with union members, the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU) representative did not get the support for industrial action that he wanted.

“We’ve offered employees a 1.5% pay increase guaranteed, with an additional 0.5% if Fox’s achieves its yearly targets, and additional bonuses if the firm exceeds them,” said a spokesperson for parent firm Northern Foods. “The BFAWU has asked for a flat 3% increase, but in reality workers could earn upwards of 3% with our offer.” 

The proposed wage increases would take effect from April, to coincide with the new tax year. “All other unions across our other sites, including Uttoxeter, have accepted this offer,” he added.

A BFAWU representative was unavailable for comment.

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