Pork Firm Protests

NOTTINGHAM - Pork Pie production at a Nottingham food manufacturer almost came to a standstill yesterday due to a 24-hour strike by workers.
calendar icon 7 February 2008
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Most of the 386 workers at Pork Farms on the Queen's Drive Industrial Estate in the city boycotted work in protest at a new 12-hour shift pattern.

According to This In Nottingham, Twelve pickets manned the entrances to the factory, while other employees stayed at home. However, company management said production was not affected as they had enlisted the help of temporary staff that were already in place.

Alan Tiplady, senior regional industrial organiser for Unite the Union said the strike had been a success.

"It has gone well. A few staff did go into work, but most stayed away. The workforce here consists of single mums and parents, who will have problems with 24/7 working. Clearly our members are not prepared for this kind of disruption in their lives," he added.

The controversy began when staff were told by bosses their working hours were changing. The changes are necessary for the company to remain competitive, says Pork Farms, especially since its premises in Trowbridge closed, moving extra production to its Nottingham site.

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