Talks breakthrough over Christmas Day working for poultry workers
- Credit: sarah lucy brown
A union representing seven Suffolk poultry catchers who were being balloted about possible strike action over Christmas working is celebrating a breakthrough in talks with their employer.
Unite the union claimed a “significant victory” after plans to make them work on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day were set aside as talks with Hook 2 Sisters at Eye continue.
Unite regional officer Steve Harley said: “We have been in constant dialogue with the management and delighted with the progress made so far, which means that our members will now not be working on Christmas day, Boxing day and new year’s day.
MORE - Suffolk poultry catchers vote on strike action“Our members had been balloted for strike action, but this has now been suspended while talks continue with the company. Our members are working normally.
“The employer has also agreed to suspend the notice period for the changes to the poultry catchers’ contracts, thus ending the threat to dismiss them from their current contracts.
“There are a number of less controversial concerns within the proposed contract that are still outstanding, but I believe that with an open, flexible and sensible approach we should finally reach an agreement which is acceptable to all sides.”
You may also want to watch:
The poultry catchers go to farms in Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk to ‘capture’ the chickens being reared in sheds and put them in crates so they can be taken to factories for slaughter.
Hook’s said: “We promised to keep an open dialogue with the seven workers and we are pleased that constructive talks are continuing.”
- 1 Postman who abandoned 'undriveable' van wins unfair dismissal claim
- 2 Jack Whitehall praises award-winning Suffolk gastropub after visit
- 3 Cornell attracting Championship interest as Ipswich contract is terminated
- 4 A14 and A12 set for major upgrade work
- 5 Town face competition from Championship club for Rotherham midfielder Crooks
- 6 The 36 best restaurants in Suffolk according to the AA guide
- 7 GP surgery with more than 3,000 patients announces closure
- 8 Full list: Everyone in Suffolk in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2021
- 9 Oxford boss hits out at 'ludicrous' League One spending while appearing to take swipe at Ipswich Town
- 10 5 cheap or free things to do in Suffolk this weekend