On Friday, 17 June, 248 out of 400 Moulton Park Greencore employees rejected the company’s proposed offer.
The company was proposing new pay rates, to transfer existing staff onto a new contracts, which it implemented in 2020, with changes to employees’ terms and conditions, as well as removing double time pay on Sundays.
The Moulton Park site in Northampton produces a range of sandwiches and sushi products.
Nicolae Macari, who is the branch secretary at the union at Greencore, Moulton Park, said that there are a number of scheduled meetings in place starting from July where hopefully they can ‘join in the middle.’
Macari said: “We are looking to sit down and find a compromise and hope it will work out.
“I have received a meeting schedule to sit down and have a chat but we don’t know what conversations we will have.
“The problem with the new contracts is that is giving extra flexibility to the company and less to the employees.”
A spokesperson at Greencore said: “We continue to be in negotiations with the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union. Consistent with normal negotiations of this nature, Greencore, and we hope the union, will work towards a constructive outcome.”
Last year, Greencore revealed that it was to recruit 5,000 staff from March to July and invest in automation to rebound swiftly from COVID-19, aided by plant-based NPD. Proposals to expand Greencore’s site in Kiveton, Rotherham last year was expected to lead to the creation of 276 new full-time roles across the factory.