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Carlisle council calls for end to city food factory row

Pressure is mounting on 2 Sisters Food Group to compromise over proposed changes to workers’ terms and conditions at Cavaghan & Gray in Carlisle.

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40 years in the private sector never been paid sick pay,visiting dentist,hospitals etc was unpaid or the time made up just get on with it before they shut the factory

Posted by Dave on 26 July 2012 at 07:56

if we all get sacked on one day or made redundant if its sack if everyone puts in for unfair dismissal and also a grievance maybe we could still get something out of this :) lets all stick together

Posted by Cavaghan & Gray worker on 25 July 2012 at 11:13

Well the end is nigh. I for one will not be signing the new contract. Thankyou 2 sisters for forcing me out of what was once an ok job. Hope they get what they deserve!!!

Posted by Soontobejobless on 24 July 2012 at 17:29

Read the statements below, this is exactely the way Cumbria County Council treated Public Sector Workers. You all thought it was OK then so stop moaning now. I said in this paper at the time, don't feel smug if the council get a way with it you will all fall behind us'

The proposed changes are likely to damage this goodwill for ever.”

Councillor Sherriff said: “Workers feel intimidated and undervalued by these harsh tactics.

“We have a duty to protect the people of Carlisle from unfairness and exploitation.”

Another Labour councillor, Paul Atkinson, accused 2 Sisters of “negotiation by threat and intimidation”.

Posted by Anon on 23 July 2012 at 23:40

Well now private sector remember us? The TAs who were done over by the council. well who did you think would come after the public sector, it was always going to be you. So stop winging, suck it up and take your own advice, what was it again? Oh yeah be glad you have a job! As for councillors and their good will, they only have it for themselves.

Posted by Anon on 23 July 2012 at 23:29

Some of these posters are just wrong with their facts, others are misguided in their opinions. Cavaghan and gray tried to find many solutions to a diminishing local work pool before turning to foreign agency workers, some of us that have been there longer than 12 years will remember the West coast experiment and how disasterous that was, then the shipping in of workers from the Newcastle side of the country, another disaster. Then finally the use of agency workers, who were not all foreigners as has been stated previously. The reasons for this are many but mostly due to the fact that a whole generation of Carlisle youngsters emerged with NO interest in working or getting out of bed on a morning. This trend continues to this day and most of them that do turn up sleepwalk through their shift with complete indifference.

It ain't the foreigners you work alongside that are the problem, it's the one's that bought your company! Instead of using this as a platform to condemn fellow workers looking to earn a living, try to direct your ire at the people who deserve it- Ranjit Boparan and his pals at 2 sisters.

Posted by The truth on 22 July 2012 at 23:16

With the conditions out there in the "work Place". We have to try and keep jobs. However with the working laws and the weaker unions out there what chance does the ordinary hard working person have against the rich list group. Its a small factory in a small city, the ready meals could be made elsewhere!

Posted by LL on 22 July 2012 at 16:50

nobody can answer this not the union or 2 sisters you are making huge profits so why change the contracts redundancy one ?????

Posted by Cavaghan & Gray worker on 22 July 2012 at 15:33

Times are changing. I know it's not fabulous news but you should be relieved to still be in employment in the current climate.

Posted by Kaz on 22 July 2012 at 08:21

Be careful 2 sisters dont do what Vion are doing with Halls of Broxburn with the loss of 1.700 jobs,,, buy it and then declare that it is making such a huge loss,,, close it and move production elsewhere..

Posted by Tony Morland on 22 July 2012 at 03:42

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