Strike action called off at Cranswick

Strike action has been called off at Cranswick after the union and company agreed to enter into negotiations to resolve the dispute.

The GMB union agreed to suspend strike action at the company’s factory in Preston near Hull, East Yorkshire, which was due to take place today (7 September) after what it described as a “positive” meeting with Cranswick over proposed changes to payment terms.

The union claimed the changes to the terms and conditions would result in a pay cut to members of more than 20%, a figure strongly refuted by Cranswick.

80 GMB members, who make up the vast majority of the full time permanent staff at the meat processing plant, took the first  two days of strike action last month ( 29th and 30th August ) in this dispute.

Dave Oglesby, GMB Regional Officer, said “After yesterday’s meeting (6 September 2012) of GMB shop stewards and myself with the company it was agreed that the implementation date of changes to terms and conditions of employment has been extended. It was also agreed to suspend strike action whilst talks continue.

“Yesterday’s  meeting  was very positive. I look forward to working with the company and our members to reach an acceptable position for both parties. Further meetings will take place over the coming weeks.”

A spokesman for Cranswick said the company had openly negotiated with the Union at great length and were currently considering a number of options to reach an amicable agreement and move the process forward.

He added: "The claim that we are looking to cut the pay of all those affected, by 20% is incorrect. Changes within the business have meant that alterations to the terms and conditions of employment have been made, but all of those affected have been offered new contracts on highly competitive terms.”