Hold onto your biscuit jar, as Jammie Dodgers and Wagon Wheels production may stop due to industrial action.

Workers at Burton’s Biscuits Edinburgh factory are due to stage three 24 hour walkouts, with the first happening on Wednesday.

It comes after what GMB Union calls a “derisory” pay offer that had “insulted” workers.

A 7% pay rise had been asked for and rejected, but a spokesperson for the company said they are keen for talks to resume.

The factory also produces Maryland Cookies, employing some 400 staff and makes around 7.5 million biscuits per day.


Strikes are planned for 9, 16 and 23 September.

Organiser Benny Rankin from GMB Scotland said: “Burton’s stubborn stance on this year’s pay offer is an insult to staff that have worked throughout the lockdown at management’s insistence. Their refusal to meaningfully engage with a workforce that deserve so much better means we have been left with little choice but to strike for a decent pay offer.”

Burton’s Biscuits say that the union is being unreasonable: “Against the backdrop of growing economic uncertainty, the country entering a depression and rising levels of unemployment, we have made what we consider to be a series of very fair and reasonable offers, enabling us to provide job security alongside increased earnings. Alongside the challenging environment, this action may only serve to jeopardise our employees’ ongoing job security.”

Fingers crossed they find a resolution soon – but maybe stock up on your favourites just in case!

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