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hovis-strikeBakers at the Hovis factory in Wigan have won an important victory against zero-hour contracts after two weeks of strike action.

According to Union News, the Bakers Food & Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) say they are confident they have ‘secured everything we were looking for’ due to the dispute which began when Hovis replaced staff recently made redundant with agency workers.

In stark contrast to the token one day strikes called by some of the larger unions over the last couple of years, this was a proper strike which did what a strike is supposed to do and shut the Hovis factory down. A militant and well attended picket line also prevented delivery lorries from leaving the bakery leading to an inevitable heavy handed police response and three arrests.

Alongside the strike many supporters contacted Hovis demanding they employ their workers properly and pledging to boycott the company whilst…

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