Activists linked with the lockout at Tranfoods in Birkenhead — the “other” Merseyside lockout along with Mayr-Meinhof in Bootle — scored a major victory this week by getting one of our biggest supermarkets involved.
Tesco, which was the firm’s biggest customer before Tranfoods was taken over by Danish Crown Group subsidiary Tulip in December, met workers to negotiate.
Tulip ceased production and locked out workers at the Abbey Street factory on March 5 after announcing it was making the 218 staff redundant.
Workers were due to protest on Thursday outside the Ethical Trade Initiative Forum in London but Tesco sent two senior managers to meet the Unite delegation.
Mr Joyce said: “The meeting was about an hour long and they said they will take away our concerns and come back to us.”
There have been mass protests of workers outside the factory as Unite officials try to thrash out redundancy terms. Production is being moved to Bodmin in Cornwall and workers are seeking an explanation.
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