Workers reject improved pay offer and next strike set to go ahead at Premier Foods, Wisbech

HUNDREDS of workers at a Fenland food factory have rejected an improved pay offer and voted to resume a series of one day strikes in support of a pay claim. Mark Plumb, Unite convenor at Premier Foods of Wisbech, said his members would resume 24 hour stop

HUNDREDS of workers at a Fenland food factory have rejected an improved pay offer and voted to resume a series of one day strikes in support of a pay claim.

Mark Plumb, Unite convenor at Premier Foods of Wisbech, said his members would resume 24 hour stoppages at 6am next Thursday.

He said his union, which he claims represents around 80 per cent of the Lynn Road plant workforce, had rejected an improved pay offer following a ballot of all his members.

"The offer put to our members was supported by the shop stewards committee but our members have made it quite clear they are still not happy," he said.

Mr Plumb said the company's "slightly improved offer" would have covered 2010 and 2011 and includes rises to take account of inflation plus small increases.

However the sticking point with members, he said, was the company's refusal to do anything about the zero per cent offer for 2009.

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Mr Plumb said a large majority of his members were supportive of fresh action and he would be notifying the company of future stoppages.