More than 150 employees at Riverside Bakery are being balloted for strike action (from today till 8 March) over a pay deal that would leave them even worse off by lowering overtime and also premium prices, stated the union.The Nottingham
pastry shop is a major manufacturer of quiches, flans and mouth-watering tarts for a few of the UK’s biggest retail chains, including Tesco, ASDA, Sainsbury’s, Aldi and Marks as well as Spencer.
‘I doubt customers will certainly be amazed’
Unite basic secretary Sharon Graham claimed the offer is a ‘severe attack on its members’ premium prices’.
“This offer is a pay cut disguised as an increase. It would certainly leave our members, who are currently battling with reduced pay and also soaring inflation, worse off,” stated Graham.
“I doubt customers will certainly be pleased to find out that the quiches they get in Sainsbury’s, Marks and Spencer as well as various other supermarkets are being made by workers on the breadline. “Riverside Bakery ought to be aware that if our members vote for strike action, Unite will have their backs with all the support they need.”The Nottingham pastry shop becomes part of freshly formed business, created from the merger of Winterbotham Darby and Addo Food Group, which was acquired by personal equity company PAI Partners in 2020.
According to Paul Monk, executive chair of The Compleat Food Group, the action sees the two collaborated under a matrix organisational structure to reinforce its plans to come to be the UK’s No1 Chilled Prepared Food Company.The Compleat
Food Group declares the offer it made was ‘extremely beneficial’.
“After substantial talks, The Compleat Food Group made an extremely beneficial offer of a boost to hourly rates for the associates at Riverside Bakery which was declined by the Union,” a representative informed BakeryandSnacks.