United Biscuits' workers spread their message 'Stop our jobs going
abroad' in job-cuts protest
29th April 2009
Where: United Biscuits, Binns Road,
When: Thursday 30th April at 12.00 noon
Workers at United Biscuits’ Liverpool Binns
Road will wear t-shirts bearing the slogan “Stop our jobs going
abroad” to work tomorrow (Thursday 30th April) in protest over
plans to move Liverpool jobs to India.
Employees facing redundancy will also hold a lunchtime protest
outside the Binns Road site in a bid to retain 55 jobs in Liverpool
and 170 jobs nationwide while United Biscuits makes its final
decision this week.
Unite says that the company has failed to properly consult with
the union or with workers over proposals to move Liverpool jobs to
India. At a meeting held earlier this month between Unite
representatives and UB UK Finance Director, Robin Brown and Human
Resources Manager, Gail Adams, the company still failed to provide
vital information to Unite and workers.
Unite national officer, Jennie Formby, said: “Our members are
standing up to United Biscuits bosses in their fight to save jobs
and secure their future.
“United Biscuits has made it abundantly clear that the company
has no intention of entering into meaningful consultation with us
until after a decision has been made, and that will be too late.
And of course, United Biscuits’ private equity owners, Blackstone
and PAI, have no interest other than in maximising the return on
their investment; the loyalty and long service of the workforce
means nothing to them.
“Our message to the company is simple - the trade unions in
United Biscuits are not prepared to sit back and let decisions be
made that can wreck communities, and we will use every weapon
available to us to resist the offshoring of these jobs to
GMB national officer, Allan Black, said: “The GMB fully supports
the fight for the workers at United Biscuits and urges the company
to enter into immediate negotiations into this issue.
“We have made our concerns known to the company very clearly and
see this offshoring exercise as a wedge to open the door to make
more of our members redundant.”
Local Merseyside MPs, including Jane Kennedy, Maria Eagle, Joe
Benton, Eddie O’Hara, George Howarth and Louise Ellman gave their
support to workers at the House of Common on Tuesday 21st
April. MP’s agreed to seek urgent meetings with United
Biscuits' bosses over outsourcing plans.
Over 3,000 people across Merseyside have already signed up to
support the campaign petition to stop United Biscuits moving
Liverpool jobs to India. Support the workers and sign the petition
today at: www.unitetheunion.org/northwest.
On 16th May 2009, Unite will hold a march through Birmingham.
This will be the centrepiece of the 'Unite for Jobs' campaign. The
March for Jobs will spotlight the need for urgent assistance to
To see what the Unite for Jobs demands are or for information on
the march visit: www.action.unitetheunion.org/campaigns/uniteforjobs
For further information please contact Karen Viquerat on 07768
Notes to editors:
United Biscuits brands include:
McVities digestives, Penguins, Jaffa Cakes, Jacob’s Club,
Carr’s, Jacob’s cream Crackers, Twiglets, Hula Hoops, Skips, Mini
Cheddars, McCoy’s and KP Nuts.
United Biscuits is the:
- Number 1 maker and marketer of biscuits in the UK;
- The number 1 maker and marketer of nuts in the UK;
- The second largest manufacturer and marketer of savoury snacks
in the UK;
- The second largest manufacturer and maker of biscuits in
France; in the Netherlands and in Belgium.
United Biscuits Topco Limited is a portfolio company owned
jointly by private equity Blackstone and PAI.
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