Jacob Cream Crackers’ workers have gone on strike over a pay dispute.

Over 750 workers from the Aintree plant, which also makes Club biscuits, Jaffa Cakes and Twiglets, will be taking industrial action every single day until the dispute is resolved, says the GMB Union.

Jacob Cream Crackers (c) The British Depot
Jacob Cream Crackers (c) The British Depot

Staff at the plant have been taking part in limited industrial action since September in pursuit of a pay award that meets their claim for cost of living.

Yesterday factory staff staged a walk-out and said they would walk out every day until bosses agree to negotiate.

Pladis, who owns Jacobs, said that they open for discussions.

On Sunday (November 13) the company announced they were shifting production of the iconic British brand to Portugal.

‘This kind of naked corporate greed in the run up to Christmas is disgraceful’

Eamon O’Hearn, GMB National Officer, said: “These workers are rightly angry – they put themselves on the line to keep the company going during the pandemic.

“Now they need some help to get them through the cost of living crisis. But it’s falling on deaf ears.

“This kind of naked corporate greed in the run up to Christmas is disgraceful.”

The staff at the plant on Long Lane are responsible for 14,000 tons of Jacobs cream crackers every year.

Pladis said: “We regret that the GMB has decided to take this course of action, despite all of the efforts we have made to reach an agreement with the union.

“However, we want to reiterate that our door remains open to the GMB for further discussions with their representatives.”

Featured Image – Jacobs ltd Factory (c) Grzegorz Jablonski


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