Around 700 food workers are set to receive a pay rise worth 11.5% following talks between managers and trade union Unite.
Bosses at Princes Group have reached the agreed deal with union representatives which will see staff receive a rise at four sites in Glasgow, Bradford, Cardiff and Long Sutton, Lincolnshire.
The deal amounts to a 7% pay rise backdated to April 2022 plus a £750 one off payment.
Unite say the rise is worth 11% and the company has also agreed to commence 2023’s pay talks in January as well as to establish a national staff forum for future negotiations.
Consumer giant Princes Group produces a range of products, including the Crosse & Blackwell, Crisp ‘n Dry and Napolina brands. It is owned by the Mitsubishi Corporation.
Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “This is Unite doing exactly what it says on the trade union tin: Unite brings workers together, whether in individual workplaces, across businesses or even entire sectors, so they are in a stronger position to achieve improvements to their jobs, pay and conditions.”
Unite national officer Joe Clarke said: “Unite leads the way in securing excellent pay awards for workers in food manufacturing and other sectors. This deal was achieved through the excellent solidarity of our Princes reps and members. It is yet another example of why those looking to better their wages and working conditions should join Unite and get their colleagues to do the same.”
Joe Dent, chief people officer at Princes Limited, said: “Princes has approached the recent pay negotiations openly and with positive intent and indeed are pleased that we have been able to offer the same agreement to all seven of our UK food, soft drinks and oil manufacturing sites by working with the local union representatives.
“Our business and the wider industry continues to operate in extremely difficult conditions but we also recognise the unprecedented challenges being faced by colleagues during the cost-of-living crisis. This agreement is a positive step forward and our focus remains on serving our customers and proudly helping families to eat well, without costing the earth.”