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Bakkavor Desserts staff in Newark benefit from pay rise after threatening industrial action in light of new starter bonus

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Union bosses have secured a pay rise for hundreds of workers at a Newark factory.

Unite, the UK’s leading union, has secured a pay rise for workers employed by Bakkavor Desserts in Newark — one of the town's biggest employers.

It comes after the food manufacturer had introduced a £250 extra payment to new starters once they had completed 16 weeks of work, while refusing to make a similar incentive payment to its existing workforce.

Bakkavor Newark. (41229400)
Bakkavor Newark. (41229400)

As a result of Unite’s intent to move towards industrial action, Bakkavor returned to negotiations and the union was able to secure permanent pay increases of between one and eight percent depending on roles and previous pay rates for workers in Newark.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “This is a highly important deal for Unite’s members at Bakkavor who, by standing together, have secured permanent pay rises for all workers.

“Unite is absolutely committed to defend the jobs, pay and conditions of all its members and this result for workers at Bakkavor, many of whom are low paid, demonstrates our commitment in action.”

As a result of the agreement on pay the £250 starter rate payment has been withdrawn with immediate effect.

Unite regional officer Neelam Verma said: “Credit must go to our members at Bakkavor, who made it entirely clear that they were not going to accept the introduction of unfair starter rates, which failed to value the existing workforce.

“Once Bakkavor realised the level of anger on the shop floor, it returned to the negotiating table and agreed the improved pay rates. Unite will continue to work with its members to ensure that pay rates are further increased in the future.”

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