Weetabix Alpen bar workers carry on strike action for back pay

The strike affects the Alpen cereal bar line in the factory

Tuesday, 17th August 2021, 3:03 pm
Updated Tuesday, 17th August 2021, 3:25 pm

Weetabix workers have vowed to carry on their fight for fair pay as they continued their 24-hour strike action after they walked out yesterday evening (Monday, August 16).

Members of union Usdaw, who work on the Alpen cereal bar line at the Burton Latimer plant, had rejected a company offer intended to resolve the dispute when their request for three months' backdated pay was refused.

With the strike set to end at 7pm today (Tuesday, August 17) members can walk out within the next six months without further balloting.

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The official Usdaw picket line at the Weetabix factory in Station Road, Burton Latimer

Usdaw area organiser Ed Leach said: “We want workers doing an equivalent job in the factory to be paid the same rate. In their wisdom they decided to pay these workers less."

Workers on the Alpen cereal line have asked, and Weetabix has agreed, the employees are put on the same rate as other factory lines - but staff also asked for three months of back pay at the newly negotiated rate.

During the past fortnight the union had called off strike action twice to allow for further talks and for the company to make an offer.

Mr Leach added: “We are disappointed that the company has indicated at this stage there will be no change to their position. If this is the case, then further stoppages will follow.”

Usdaw members with Ed Leach Usdaw area organiser

A Weetabix spokesperson said: "We are naturally disappointed to see our cereal bars team on strike, but respect their right to do so. Our success over nearly 90 years is built on a strong relationship with our workforce.

"To continue to meet the expectations of our customers and consumers it is important that our ways of working evolve, and as a business we continue to invest in our people, plants, and products. Our door remains open to our team and their representatives, and we remain committed to finding a fair solution that implements the necessary changes to keep jobs in Northamptonshire.”