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Strike negotiations avert Kingsmill walkout

A deal has been agreed that will see Kingsmill staff stay at work.

08 August 2011

Strike negotiations have been used to avoid industrial action at a Kingsmill factory.

A pay dispute between employers and staff at the West Bromwich site has been resolved, Food and Manufacture has reported.

Initially an offer of a 1.7 per cent wage increase had been rejected and labelled "derisory", but now a 2.5 per cent hike - with a further 2.5 per cent in one year's time - has been accepted.

Unite regional organiser Joe Clarke noted that preparations had begun for balloting members, but this will no longer be required.

A spokesman for Allied Bakeries confirmed that an agreement had been reached, as union bargaining between the two parties proved fruitful.

Last month, a planned strike by the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union was called off.

As a result, production at Burton Food's Blackpool site was not affected as the two sides agreed to hold further discussions over pay.

Posted by Edel Quinn

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