Jacob’s Cream Crackers factory staff start ‘permanent strike’ over pay

Over 750 employees at Jacob’s Cream Crackers factory in Liverpool are to stage a permanent strike over pay dispute.

Staff at the Aintree factory, which makes Jaffa Cakes, Twiglets, Club bars and Mini Cheddars, have been taking limited industrial action since September.

From today factory staff, which makes 14,000 tons of Jacobs cream crackers every year, will walk out every day until bosses agree to negotiate, according to trade union GMB.

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The news comes as the company announced it was shifting production to Portugal in a bid to undermine the strike.

“These workers are rightly angry – they put themselves on the line to keep the company going during the pandemic,” GMB national officer Eamon O’Hearn said.

“Now they need some help to get them through the cost of living crisis. But it’s falling on deaf ears. In fact, more than that, bosses are shifting an iconic British brand to Portugal to undermine their own workers.”

He added: “This kind of naked corporate greed in the run up to Christmas is disgraceful.

“Jacob’s workers will now be on strike 24 hours a day, seven days a week until the company comes back to the negotiating table.”



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