Pay offer rejected by Golden Wonder crisp factory workers in Scunthorpe

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 28 Jun 2018

Around 200 workers at the Golden Wonder crisp-making factory in Scunthorpe have unanimously rejected a pay rise of three-and-a-half per cent from the Tayto company in Northern Ireland.

The workers are all members of the GMB trade union.

Mick Coppin, the GMB's Grimsby-based regional organiser, said his members had objected to changes in terms and conditions attached to the pay rise.

They included working for a flat rate and not overtime on bank holidays and new clocking-on arrangements for the twice-daily 20-minute breaks.

Mr Coppin said the two sides were due to get round the table again today (Thursday, June 28).

Further pay talks are due to be held with GMB union leaders representing workers at the Golden Wonder factory on Colin Road in Scunthorpe

A spokeswoman for Tayto confirmed a further meeting with the GMB over pay was due to go ahead tomorrow but declined to comment further.

The company is also said to be in talks with rival tarde union USDAW over a pay deal for employees at its other UK plant in Corby.

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Tayto brought the Scunthorpe business out of administration in February 2006, saving 380 jobs.

Crisp-making has been a major industry in the town since 1947 when the late Riley brothers, Biff and Dennis, started trading from their father's chip shop in Allenby Street.

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