Two hundred and seventy members of the GMB union at the Haribo factory in Pontefract call for a strike over claims that some staff will be forced to work over the holidays. They claim that the company isn’t honoring a commitment they made that the factory would be closed over this period. GMB regional organiser Steve Huckerby:
We are expecting our members to vote for strike action because the company is demanding staff work over Christmas, despite the fact the factory closed over this period for the last 15 years, and staff were told at the beginning of the year that this would remain the case.
Haribo disputes this claim:
We have invited any employee who does not want to work on these dates to submit holiday requests. This opportunity has already been taken up by a number of team members.