Sheffield TUC backs BFAWU Pennine Foods strike at Crystal Peaks, Sheffield

No trucks in or out in this week’s 2 -day strike

Strike gets more support

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Ronnie Draper BFAWU General Secretary addresses the strikers on the picket line

Spirits were high at the Bakers Union (BFAWU) picket line on Sunday and Monday this week as support for the strike at Pennine Foods grows.


The more than 600-strong workforce at Pennine Foods at Crystal peaks, Sheffield have been on strike over a shocking attack on their wages and conditions by parent company Two Sisters – one of the country’s biggest food production companies. The employer’s demands include:

  • an end to premium pay for Saturday and Sunday working
  • an end to premium pay and day off in lieu for Bank Holidays
  • all breaks unpaid (currently one of their three breaks is paid)
  • extended working week to 45 hours

A small increase in the hourly rate is wiped out by the above so most workers will be no better off for working a longer working week!

BFAWU Picket Line at Pennine FoodsPeacefule but determined- BFAWU picket line at Pennine Foods

Many workers joined the picket line which saw a number of trade union supporters coming along to show support. Passing motorists tooted their support.


The Sheffield Pennines Food factory makes readymade meals exclusively for Marks and Spencer. Does M&S take responsibility for the appalling treatment of the subcontracted workers who produce its wares? Perhaps it should!


These are low paid workers who desperately need your support. Please arrange bucket collections in your workplace and send messages of support to Deborah Loy, BFAWU Branch Secretary on

Debbie Loy BFAWU Branch Sec gets a cheer from her members on the picket line