Greencore accused of attack on workers’ rights

first_imgGreencore has been accused of an attack of its workers’ rights by union Unite, as 236 staff face redundancy.Unite has filed a complaint with the Ethical Trading Initiative against Greencore in Hull, which makes cakes and desserts for a number of leading supermarkets.It has accused it of “abolishing overtime, shift and bank holiday premia for all workers, the majority of whom are on the national minimum wage”.According to Unite, the manufacturer is also threatening to make 236 people redundant and replace them with agency workers, as well as breaching employment law by issuing individual notices to terminate contracts and re-engage on workers on the new, and less preferable terms and conditions, before the end of the legal consultation period.Greencore announced in May that 236 jobs were at risk at its east Hull site after reportedly losing a £7 million contract with Sainsbury’s. The firm has been warned by Unite that it must put an end to these practices, or it will feel the full force of the union.Jennie Formby, national officer, Unite, said: “We’re not prepared to sit back and allow blatant breaches of the Ethical Trading Initiative code which is there to protect workers from exploitation. Unite is now making a formal complaint to the ETI Board.”last_img read more

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Girls on the Run Maine, DEFY programs to begin in September

first_imgELLSWORTH — September is set to be a big month for local fitness efforts in Ellsworth with Girls on the Run Maine and the Down East Family YMCA starting a few annual programs.On Monday, Sept. 2, DEFY will begin its September fitness schedule. Among the Y’s offerings this year are the preschool “Wiggle your Waggles” (open to all Y day cares and just $1 apiece for children ages 3-5) from 10:30-11 a.m. on Mondays and a new cardio kickboxing class from 6:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays.The following Monday, Sept. 9, Girls on the Run Maine will begin its 2019 campaign with its first session of the year at DEFY. The program, which offers lessons “designed to build girls’ self-worth and help them feel greater confidence in who they are,” will be held every Monday and Tuesday through mid-November.Registration for Girls on the Run is available online via the Maine chapter’s website. For more information about the program, contact Kim Formby at [email protected] is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

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