Trade union GMB London, has said it is still waiting for bosses at Pilgrim Food Masters site in Southall (formerly Noon) to provide financial information they claim themselves is being used to confirm why the company wants to make job cuts and change terms and conditions for workers.
The union says the delay is causing stress and anxiety for workers during a cost of living crisis. Last month saw 100 workers go to Parliament for a meeting with Ealing Southall MP Virendra Sharma and others to further highlight their concerns and worries.
In a statement, GMB London says that: “despite repeated requests, Pilgrims Food Masters UK has not provided any financial justification to support its proposed changes to employees’ terms & conditions.”
In June 2021, Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation bought the Kerry Food Group that included Noon.
Perry Phillips, GMB London region organiser said: “We should all be disgusted that there is a chief executive who is receiving a cash bonus of $1.6 million whilst deciding that workers in the UK no longer deserve a paid break and need to work longer shifts.
Mr Phillips added: “Noon was a well-respected business that made a positive contribution to the local community and it is devastating for our members that this multi-billion-dollar company has come in and is treating them so badly.”
In a previous statement, Pilgrim’s Food Masters said: “Against the backdrop of a difficult economic environment and declining volumes in our chilled meals business, we need to make changes that help sustain our business and safeguard the jobs of our people.
“Throughout this process, our aim has always been to secure the best possible outcome for our people, proposing only the minimum changes that are required to support the future viability of the business and bring our T&Cs in line with industry standards.
“We are still in the middle of the consultation; we continue to seek positive solutions with the GMB union and are committed to retaining our current valued workforce.”