Bakery staff consider strike action in row over pay offer

The Bolton News: PAY TALKS The Warburtons site in Hereford Street, Bolton. PAY TALKS The Warburtons site in Hereford Street, Bolton.

WARBURTONS staff could strike after bosses refused to budge in a row over pay.

Workers at both Warburtons sites in Bolton — in Hereford Street and Britannia Way — are ready to take part in a consultative ballot over possible action.

It comes after bosses refused to move on a two per cent pay offer, which has already been rejected by 95 per cent of members.

Warburtons has approximately 1,300 staff nationally, 300 of whom are based in Bolton.

They will be balloted between July 23 and August 3.

One Bolton employee, who asked not to be named, said: “This is a company with a £550 million turnover, who last year.

“They gave £4.7 million in bonuses between 17 directors but our last pay rise was 16 months ago.

“The union feels that is unsatisfactory and I think it is an insult.

“It is just sheer greed by the company. It is supposed to be a family firm but people’s wages are being eroded by inflation.”

If no agreement is reached, workers could go on strike later this summer. Ian Hodson, national president of the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union, said: “We have met the company today, and they have said the offer can only be improved if we accept changes to terms and conditions, which we feel is unfair.

“Our members feel they have already paid a high price through plant closures and redundancies and after the closure of the final salary (pension) scheme.”

He stressed that the ballot was consultative, and that he hoped the company would reconsider if members voted in favour of a strike.

A Warburtons spokesman said: “As a major business in the region and with a proud track record as a good employer, we are always willing to have an open dialogue with our employees and their representatives. We believe that after four months of negotiations and in the context of a highly competitive market, our proposal to offer a basic pay rise, along with modest improvements in other areas to fund a further increase, is both fair and reasonable.

“Warburtons is committed to continued negotiation with the BFAWU to determine how the current offer can be improved.”

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5:15pm Wed 27 Jun 12

billyexpat says...

What more dough.
What more dough. billyexpat
  • Score: 0

10:34pm Wed 27 Jun 12

sunfun says...

I have just cancelled my membership of BFAWU. The new shop stewards are just looking for a strike and a fight, but not in my name, I will cross picket lines and will not be bullied
I have just cancelled my membership of BFAWU. The new shop stewards are just looking for a strike and a fight, but not in my name, I will cross picket lines and will not be bullied sunfun
  • Score: -1

9:45am Thu 28 Jun 12

atlas123 says...

If you don't like it Bugger off, there are plenty of jobless or poles wanting the warbies jobs!
The workers are fully entitled to go and build their own bakery and pay themselves whatever they want!
Finally just because a company has a £500million turnover doesn't make profitable!
Turnover for vanity, profit for sanity!
If you don't like it Bugger off, there are plenty of jobless or poles wanting the warbies jobs! The workers are fully entitled to go and build their own bakery and pay themselves whatever they want! Finally just because a company has a £500million turnover doesn't make profitable! Turnover for vanity, profit for sanity! atlas123
  • Score: -8

9:45am Thu 28 Jun 12

atlas123 says...

If you don't like it Bugger off, there are plenty of jobless or poles wanting the warbies jobs!
The workers are fully entitled to go and build their own bakery and pay themselves whatever they want!
Finally just because a company has a £500million turnover doesn't make profitable!
Turnover for vanity, profit for sanity!
If you don't like it Bugger off, there are plenty of jobless or poles wanting the warbies jobs! The workers are fully entitled to go and build their own bakery and pay themselves whatever they want! Finally just because a company has a £500million turnover doesn't make profitable! Turnover for vanity, profit for sanity! atlas123
  • Score: -6

9:45am Thu 28 Jun 12

atlas123 says...

If you don't like it Bugger off, there are plenty of jobless or poles wanting the warbies jobs!
The workers are fully entitled to go and build their own bakery and pay themselves whatever they want!
Finally just because a company has a £500million turnover doesn't make profitable!
Turnover for vanity, profit for sanity!
If you don't like it Bugger off, there are plenty of jobless or poles wanting the warbies jobs! The workers are fully entitled to go and build their own bakery and pay themselves whatever they want! Finally just because a company has a £500million turnover doesn't make profitable! Turnover for vanity, profit for sanity! atlas123
  • Score: -3

9:48am Thu 28 Jun 12

atlas123 says...

Oh and I haven't had a pay rise for three years! But I consider myself lucky to have a job...

Unions make me sick, they bemoan executive pay, but are all about money grabbing and power kicks!
Oh and I haven't had a pay rise for three years! But I consider myself lucky to have a job... Unions make me sick, they bemoan executive pay, but are all about money grabbing and power kicks! atlas123
  • Score: -5

2:44pm Thu 28 Jun 12

jonny40 says...

Why should directors get such high bonuses while we do all the graft sweating all day ? The company makes millions in profit every year, they cut our bonuses last year, change all the shifts, but increased directors ? Tell me this is fare!!
Why should directors get such high bonuses while we do all the graft sweating all day ? The company makes millions in profit every year, they cut our bonuses last year, change all the shifts, but increased directors ? Tell me this is fare!! jonny40
  • Score: 7

5:42pm Sat 30 Jun 12

bradds says...

pay the workers who sweat all day. not the bigwigs. fare pay for ordinary workers.
pay the workers who sweat all day. not the bigwigs. fare pay for ordinary workers. bradds
  • Score: 5

10:13am Mon 2 Jul 12

Disgruntled resident says...

Fair!
Fair! Disgruntled resident
  • Score: -2

3:23pm Tue 3 Jul 12

The Running Man says...

If the workers have no bread let them eat cake!

p.p. Marie Antoinette Warburton
If the workers have no bread let them eat cake! p.p. Marie Antoinette Warburton The Running Man
  • Score: 1

5:29pm Tue 3 Jul 12

fisherman1959 says...

atlas123 wrote:
If you don't like it Bugger off, there are plenty of jobless or poles wanting the warbies jobs!
The workers are fully entitled to go and build their own bakery and pay themselves whatever they want!
Finally just because a company has a £500million turnover doesn't make profitable!
Turnover for vanity, profit for sanity!
atlas123 has a good point if you don't want the job move on. Or if you think you could run your own business and make more money do that it will let another person have your job and you can employ staff to get more people off the dole. Or if you have no go in you and want a dead end job just think yourself lucky you have your position after the redundancies that have been made. And stop moaning.
[quote][p][bold]atlas123[/bold] wrote: If you don't like it Bugger off, there are plenty of jobless or poles wanting the warbies jobs! The workers are fully entitled to go and build their own bakery and pay themselves whatever they want! Finally just because a company has a £500million turnover doesn't make profitable! Turnover for vanity, profit for sanity![/p][/quote]atlas123 has a good point if you don't want the job move on. Or if you think you could run your own business and make more money do that it will let another person have your job and you can employ staff to get more people off the dole. Or if you have no go in you and want a dead end job just think yourself lucky you have your position after the redundancies that have been made. And stop moaning. fisherman1959
  • Score: -2

6:43pm Tue 3 Jul 12

fisherman1959 says...

jonny40 wrote:
Why should directors get such high bonuses while we do all the graft sweating all day ? The company makes millions in profit every year, they cut our bonuses last year, change all the shifts, but increased directors ? Tell me this is fare!!
As with every other company the higher up the ladder you are the better pay you get. And that is how it should be.
[quote][p][bold]jonny40[/bold] wrote: Why should directors get such high bonuses while we do all the graft sweating all day ? The company makes millions in profit every year, they cut our bonuses last year, change all the shifts, but increased directors ? Tell me this is fare!![/p][/quote]As with every other company the higher up the ladder you are the better pay you get. And that is how it should be. fisherman1959
  • Score: -2

8:13pm Tue 3 Jul 12

bradds says...

fisherman, stick to fishing. bet youve never even been up a ladder!
fisherman, stick to fishing. bet youve never even been up a ladder! bradds
  • Score: 1

9:55pm Tue 3 Jul 12

fisherman1959 says...

bradds wrote:
fisherman, stick to fishing. bet youve never even been up a ladder!
bradds
I have been self employed and employing people since I was 23 and I am now 53 not just doing the least I can all week waiting for my pay packet. Get off your bum and find a better job if your not happy. Or if you have any go in you work for yourself and every penny you earn is yours after paying all your taxes.
[quote][p][bold]bradds[/bold] wrote: fisherman, stick to fishing. bet youve never even been up a ladder![/p][/quote]bradds I have been self employed and employing people since I was 23 and I am now 53 not just doing the least I can all week waiting for my pay packet. Get off your bum and find a better job if your not happy. Or if you have any go in you work for yourself and every penny you earn is yours after paying all your taxes. fisherman1959
  • Score: -1

10:16am Thu 5 Jul 12

bradds says...

selfish. see fishing again comes up. poor you, what do you think most worker do. work hard and pay there taxes. your getting at the wrong people, ps. Im 50 and have worked all my life.
selfish. see fishing again comes up. poor you, what do you think most worker do. work hard and pay there taxes. your getting at the wrong people, ps. Im 50 and have worked all my life. bradds
  • Score: 1

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