Strikes To Start As Burton’s “Takes The Biscuit Again” Over “Derisory” Workers’ Pay Offer
Production of some of Britain’s favourite biscuits will be halted over the next month as workers at Burton’s Biscuits Co in Edinburgh launch strike action over a “derisory” pay offer.
GMB members at the Sighthill manufacturing plant, voted by an overwhelming majority of 91 per cent for industrial action after management refused to increase a 1.6 per cent offer for the next year.
An indefinite work to rule and overtime ban will start on Tuesday 8 September from 14.00 hours before a series of twenty-four hour strikes throughout September. Action will take place on the following dates:
- 06.00 hours on Wednesday 9 September to 05.59 hours on Thursday 10 September.
- 06.00 hours on Wednesday 16 September to 05.59 hours on Thursday 17 September.
- 06.00 hours on Wednesday 23 September to 05.59 hours on Thursday 24 September.
The biscuit manufacturer, which produces staple household brands like Jammie Dodgers and Wagon Wheels, is owned by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan which hold net assets worth a staggering $204.7 billion.
GMB Scotland Organiser Benny Rankin said: “Burton’s stubborn stance on this year’s pay offer is an insult to staff that have worked throughout the lockdown at management’s insistence.
“In March staff were told they were part of the key worker response and despite serious health and safety concerns over working practices, our members did what needed to be done for this business.
“Burton’s derisory pay offer hold’s a mirror up to this management – they clearly do not value the contribution of their staff and have no interest in recognising and rewarding them properly.
“And after previous concerns over management’s ability to adhere to the COVID guidelines on workplace safety, Burton’s are taking the biscuit again over their workers’ pay and conditions.
“Their refusal to meaningfully engage with a workforce that deserve so much better means we have been left with little choice but to strike for a decent pay offer.”
Contact: GMB Scotland Organiser Benny Rankin on 07912 56080 or GMB Scotland Communications on 07976 447077.
Notes to Editors: “Scots union chiefs slam bakery giant of ‘taking the biscuit’ during coronavirus pandemic”, Daily Record, Thursday 26 March 2020, accessible at: <<https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/scots-union-chiefs-slam-bakery-21760889>>