Slaughterhouse staff strike as pay row continues
MEAT hygiene inspectors, vets and support staff will walk out for a second day today (Wednesday) in a long-running dispute over pay.
The decision follows a ballot earlier this month, which saw UNISON’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) members overwhelmingly vote for strike action over an imposed pay offer of just 0.75 per cent, while most other public service workers have been offered a 1 per cent increase.
UNISON said the FSA had refused to resolve the pay dispute through independent conciliation.
Two scheduled four-hour walk-outs are taking place by workers across England, Wales and Scotland today – one yesterday (Tuesday) and one today.
Dave Watson, UNISON Scotland’s head of bargaining and campaigns, said: “Staff in slaughterhouses work in some of the most dirty, difficult and stressful conditions, surrounded by blood and faeces, to keep the public safe from contaminated meat.
“To add insult to injury, they are not even being offered the miserly one per cent increase that has been offered to other public service workers.
“These workers should be recognised for the vital role they play in safeguarding the human food chain against harmful and repulsive dirt and diseases – they deserve a fair pay rise.”
The FSA said it would work to ensure any disruption to meat supplies is kept to a minimum
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