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Spalding strike may be off

Workers may not be walking out of a Spalding factory to go on strike just before Christmas following “constructive talks” last week.

Strike action at the Bakkavor plant in West Marsh Road may be averted as staff members are now being balloted on a new pay deal.

Earlier this month, a total of 498 staff members from the factory had voted to go on strike for three days over a previous pay deal.

Bakkavor West Marsh Rd (18966790)
Bakkavor West Marsh Rd (18966790)

Talks were held between Unite the Union and Bakkavor last week when a revised pay deal was discussed.

A spokesman for Unite the Union said: “Following meetings with Bakkavor at the end of last week, the company made an improved pay offer which the union is recommending for acceptance .

“A ballot on the offer will now be held over the coming weeks.”

A company spokesman said: “Bakkavor and Unite have been engaged in constructive dialogue throughout the week and we are pleased to confirm that Unite has agreed to recommend to their members our revised offer of a 2.5 per cent increase across all basic rates of pay.

“Bakkavor and Unite have been committed to resolving the issue and, after compromise by both parties, we are pleased we have reached this positive outcome and hope that this offer will now be accepted by our Spalding colleagues.”

The previous package Bakkavor had offeredwas a three per cent in year total package increase – representing a 1.5 per cent pay increase and 1.5 per cent lump sum.

The factories in West Marsh Road are among 25Bakkavor sites across the UK.

Staff at the factory produce dressed salads, soups, sauces, along with a selection of creamy dips, including the popular taramasalata.

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