Scores of vets and meat hygiene inspectors demonstrated outside the Food Standards Agency yesterday over a “botched” contract that’s left more than 100 of them without pay for up to two months.
Unison members were protesting outside the FSA’s London headquarters amid claims that staff are owed up to £500,000 despite agency claims that payments should have been made.
Unison said Grants Veterinary Services, which provided the services to the FSA, failed to pay staff when wages and other allowances were due at the end of March.
The contract has been taken over by a firm called Eville and Jones.
Unison National officer Simon Watson said: “Our members have continued working to safeguard animal welfare and to make sure that the meat on our plates is safe to eat.”
A spokesman for the agency said: “We have had a number of discussions with their new employer who has undertaken to pay the outstanding salaries, and we believe payments have now been made.”
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