Blog: Dean BestWorkers turn up heat on Heinz

Dean Best | 17 December 2010

Baked beans and soup lovers beware: staff at Heinz's flagship UK production site look set to strike again next week over pay.

Workers at Heinz's Kitt Green plant in northern England are preparing for a second 24-hour stoppage on Tuesday (21 December) after their first walkout this week.

The dispute is over Heinz's offers of a pay increase for this year (back-dated to the spring) and for next year, which union officials have dismissed as unfair. For its part Heinz insists the offers are "one of the best in the industry".

Heinz also insists it will have "plenty" of beans and soups to supply UK retailers (which is just as well as the products are likely to be in demand during this second cold snap), although the Unite union says the first strike meant two million fewer cans were produced at the site.

Speaking to just-food earlier today, as she travelled from east England where workers at Bakkavor were protesting about job cuts at the own-label supplier, Unite national officer Jennie Formby said she had written to Heinz's management to see if the company was willing to sit down and discuss the situation. Heinz insists it is "keeping communication channels open".

Could the strikes last into the Christmas period?


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