2 sisters strike called off

A strike planned for tomorrow at 2 Sisters chicken plants in the West Midlands has been called off in order to further negotiations with management, Unite has announced. However, the union also confirmed that Friday’s walk-out will still go ahead as planned. 

Around 1,2000 workers are involved in the dispute at plants in Smethwick, West Bromich and in Wolverhampton, which centres around pay and a proposed seven-day working week. The first of three 24-hour walk-outs took place last Friday and two more were planned for this week. However the union announced that the second strike had been cancelled.

Unite regional officer Des Quinn said: “Tomorrow’s strike (Tuesday) has been called off, so that progress can be made in talks with the management with a view for a fair and equitable settlement. He said the union would not comment any further while talks continued, but confirmed the 24-hour strike scheduled for Friday (21 December) was still set to go ahead.

2 Sisters head of communications Andrew Hanson today welcomed the news that the strike had been called off, adding: “It gives us a further opportunity to talk with Unite and with our employees. We made positive progress last week, and are close to a resolution.”

Last week he told MeatInfo that "other issues" under dispute had already been resolved and that there would be no impact on supply if the strikes went ahead.

The sites supplies cut chicken to major supermarkets.

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