Cranswick workers strike at Hull site

Workers at a meat processing plant near Hull have gone on strike due to a dispute over pay and working conditions.

Around 60 out of 1,200 workers at the Cranswick Country Foods factory in Preston, near Hull, have walked out over changes to their contracts.

According to the GMB Union, workers could face a wage cut of more than 20% despite not receiving a pay rise for more than eight years.

Full-time union officer for the GMB Dave Oglesby told MeatInfo.co.uk that changes in the layout of the factory meant butchers would have to work harder and faster as well as taking a pay cut. He said: “The company is trying to introduce faster-pace plans and the knock-on effect is that people are having to work harder and faster, which is dangerous.”

He added: “The 60 butchers are the core skilled workforce who are being affected by the changes and the other staff are agency workers, which is why it looks like there are only a few people affected.”

Other action is planned until the union and the Cranswick can reach an agreement.