Spalding pay plan dropped

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BAKKAVOR has dropped plans which would have seen its lowest paid workers take a pay cut, while awarding supervisors a rise.

In April we reported the firm had launched a consultation with 485 of the 1.176 hourly paid staff at its West Marsh Road in a bid to bring pay in line with its rivals and combat tough trading conditions.

The deal was labelled “unfair” by workers and union officials as it would have seen Grade A workers’ pay rise from £8.37 an hour to £8.75, while Grade E staff would have dropped from £7.24 to £6.59.

A consultation began on April 7 but a spokesman said: “As a result of feedback, we will now be taking alternative steps to address ongoing challenges which will include entering into standard pay negotiations to discuss the grading structure without cutting the pay of our current workforce, in addition to setting up a working party to review all roles, and consulting at a factory by factory level at the site in respect of changes to specific parts of the business.”