We know that unemployment hasn't followed a convential pattern in the economic recession we've just emerged from. The expected rise to over 3 million unemployed was thankfully avoided, but not without a cost. Many employees have effectively been reduced to casual labourers in their own jobs, with employers able to pick and choose who works and who doesn't. We call these conditions zero hour contracts.
In Wigan some workers are not taking this lying down.
As a Trade Unionist, I'll be asking members at our branch to send messages of support and to suggest that they think about whether they want to buy the products of a company that treats its workforce in this way. I'd ask members of the Greens in the North West to do the same. If Hovis does this to their workers, they won't benefit from my custom again.