Hovis strike called off

Staff from the Hovis factory, New Springs, on the picket line
Staff from the Hovis factory, New Springs, on the picket line
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STRIKE action at Wigan’s famous Hovis bakery has been called off after an agreement has been reached over the use of agency staff.

Members of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) had completed two week-long strikes and were due to start a third on Wednesday.

A spokesman for Premier Foods - the company that owns the New Springs site that produces Hovis brand bread and crumpets - told wigantoday.net that agency staff will now only be used if “temporary labour shortages” can not be covered by “existing employees utilising overtime and banked hours.”

A statement read: “In the unlikely event that this is not possible, it is then agreed that the company can use agency staff to cover any gaps.

“The company will review the agreement after three months to assess whether existing manning levels are sufficient and, if not, will recruit into the required positions.

“As a result of this agreement, the union has recommended that further industrial action will cease with immediate effect.”

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