CHRISTMAS SWEET SHORTAGE LOOMS AS HUMBUG MAKERS FACE FRESH GMB ACTION

Workers at Tangerine, who manufacture Barratt Sherbert Fountains, Butterkist Popcorn and Princess Marshmallows set to walk out over ‘derisory’ pay.

Some of the UK’s best loved sweets could be in short supply this Christmas as Tangerine face fresh industrial action.

Workers at the confectionary giant, who make Mint Humbugs, Barratt Sherbert Fountains, Butterkist Popcorn and Princess Marshmallows, will down tools over a ‘derisory’ pay offer and allegations of bullying tactics.

GMB members at the York factory took part in 24 hour strikes on November 23 and 30, December 1 and December 30.

Picketers say they were victims of provocation, threatening behaviour and were even told they would face action for unauthorised absence.

They have been told unless the accept Tangerine’s grudging offer (1.25% back dated to April with 15 minute break) by Friday, the deal will be taken off the table altogether.

Now, further strike action is inevitable.

Ben Kirkham, GMB Organiser, said:

"I am disappointed with the absence of any proper dialogue from Tangerine, and management's actions towards our members.

“These threats are unacceptable and the pay offer is derisory, but GMB members have maintained their dignity whilst facing continued provocation to their job security.

“This clearly undermines the relationship Tangerine has with its workers and shows the dispute is justified - we have to face up to bullying employers.

“The cost of living in York is at its highest in the region, however workers at Tangerine are paid on average £4,000 less a year now than 10 years ago.

“Private renting costs, increase in fuel rates, increase in the weekly shop, the workers just cannot afford to keep taking the hits anymore and this is shown in the strength of picket in week 6 of industrial action. [1]

“Now Tangerine will have to deal with further strikes in the run up to Christmas – their busiest time of the year.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors:

Contact: Ben Kirkham GMB Organiser 07958156841or GMB press office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

 


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