Kellogg’s workers begin strike ballot

Kellogg’s workers are to vote on a call for industrial action in a dispute about proposed job cuts.

Usdaw union leaders representing staff at the Wrexham site in the North East said the ballot would begin this week.

The plant plans to cut 40 jobs from its workforce of 521 but Usdaw claims it did not consult properly over the proposals.

Union leaders told local paper the Evening Leader: “We are in dispute with Kellogg’s regarding the proposed cutting of 40 jobs at the site in Wrexham and the company’s failure to consult properly with the union over the proposals. Because of this, we are looking to ballot our members on industrial action in the week commencing September 14.”

A Kellogg’s spokesman said: “Like other companies, we have faced rising costs and fresh challenges about how we manage our business efficiently.

“If we implement our proposed changes we’re confident we will emerge even stronger when the current economic downturn reverses. We firmly believe we have observed both the spirit and the legal requirements of the consultation process.

The cereal maker added it hoped to achieve the cuts through voluntary redundancies. A consultation since April has already seen 25 staff volunteer for redundancy.

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