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UK could face Jammie Dodger shortage as biscuit factory staff go out on strike

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Brit biscuit lovers could be in a jam as production of one of nations favourite treats looks set to halt.

Production of Jammie Dodgers is under threat after staff said they might strike over pay.

The GMB union has accused Burton's Biscuits – which also make Maryland Cookies and Wagon Wheels – of making a pay offer so low it “insulted” workers.

But a spokesman for the company said it was “shocked” at the union’s request of a 7% pay rise for staff, the BBC reports.

More than 400 people are employed at the production factory in Edinburgh, which makes 7.5 million treats a day.

GMB members at the plant voted by 91% for industrial action and the first 24-hour strike is scheduled to take place from 6am on Wednesday, September 9.

And there are two more strikes planed for later this month.

GMB Scotland organiser Benny Rankin said:“Burton’s stubborn stance on this year’s pay offer is an insult to staff that have worked throughout the lockdown at management’s insistence.

“Burton’s derisory pay offer holds a mirror up to this management – they clearly do not value the contribution of their staff and have no interest in recognising and rewarding them properly.”

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He added: “Their refusal to meaningfully engage with a workforce that deserve so much better means we have been left with little choice but to strike for a decent pay offer.”

Burton’s accused the union of not sharing offers about pay and flexible working – and revealed there has been a £1.2 million impact on the bakery during the pandemic.

A spokesman for Burton’s said: “Against the backdrop of growing economic uncertainty, the country entering a depression and rising levels of unemployment, we have made what we consider to be a series of very fair and reasonable offers, enabling us to provide job security alongside increased earnings.

“Alongside the challenging environment, this action may only serve to jeopardise our employees’ ongoing job security.

“Our desire is to find a mutually acceptable solution for our colleagues and the business, and we are willing to resume discussions with employees’ representatives at the earliest opportunity.

“We also hope that we can return to full production as soon as possible and move forward in a spirit of unity and co-operation in a safe, enjoyable and productive working environment.”

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