Hundreds of workers at a bakery near Sheffield are preparing to strike after voting in favour of industrial action over proposed changes to pay and conditions.Staff at Gunstones, in Dronfield, voted 95.3% in favour of action after owners 2 Sisters Food Group announced the changes.Under the proposals, employees would have overtime rates on weekends and Bank Holidays reduced. Sick pay would also be cut. Workers were given 90 days notice of the change of contract.Ballot papers were sent to around 800 members of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union at Gunstones. Votes were cast between 23 February and 2 March.Sam Vickers, organising regional secretary, said he wanted to avoid strike action if possible and was hoping the vote would prompt the company to make concessions. Following the vote, the union now has 28 days to begin any industrial action.“I want to use the 28 days to try and negotiate a settlement,” said Vickers. “The first thing I want them to do is withdraw the threat of the 90 days notice that is hanging over everyone, then we can sit down and discuss what we’d like to implement properly and meaningfully.”The union and management are due to meet for negotiations on Wednesday 7 March. “We’ll find out on Wednesday whether they’re serious or not and are treating us as equals,” said Vickers. “The company is making a profit. We will only strike when we believe we have no option,” he added.Andrew Hanson, head of communications at 2 Sisters, said: “We are disappointed, but we are continuing to talk to the union and we are confident we can work towards a resolution. We have had strike ballots before and they haven’t always resulted in strikes.“2 Sisters Food Group operates in a highly competitive environment and, as a major supplier to all of the UK’s leading retailers, we continually need to ensure that we deliver the highest quality at the lowest cost, particularly with trading conditions remaining challenging at this time and with high food inflation. This is about trying to secure Gunstones for the future. It is a tough market at the moment and this is about making sure it remains viable.”
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Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 30-year-old Yaphank man was killed when he crashed his SUV in East Moriches over the weekend.Suffolk County police said Thomas Kenny was driving a Mazda Tribute eastbound on Montauk Highway when his vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree near the corner of Bay Avenue at 7:10 a.m. Sunday.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.Seventh Squad detectives impounded the vehicle and are continuing the investigation.
(ESPNCRICINFO) – IPL 2020 will take place in the UAE from September 19 to November 10, pending clearances from the Indian government.During its meeting on Sunday, the IPL governing council decided to set a 24-player limit for each squad, and approved the use of unlimited Covid-19 substitutes.The window makes IPL 2020 a 53-day event, three days longer than the last two seasons, and the longest of all the eight-team editions of the tournament. Ten of the 53 days will involve double-headers. The matches will be played across Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, with night matches starting at 7.30pm IST (6.00pm UAE time), and afternoon matches at 3.30pm IST (2.00pm UAE time).A franchise told ESPNcricinfo that detailed fixtures would be sent to them on Monday, and that the first leg of the tournament will be played behind closed doors. The Emirates board, earlier this week, had shown a keenness to fill the stadiums to 30-50% capacity.A BCCI release said the Women’s T20 Challenge would also take place alongside the IPL, featuring three teams playing four matches during the final week of the tournament. The release added that the governing council would finalise and publish its standard operating procedures (SOPs) “in due course, including the agencies to execute and deliver a bio-secure environment for safe and successful conduct of IPL 2020 Season.”In the lead-up to the meeting, it was understood that the date for the final was a toss-up between November 8 and November 10. With the latter date chosen, the IPL will for the first time have the final on a weekday – Tuesday.The BCCI said a meeting with the franchises would be called shortly, and among the logistical and operational issues that will be discussed before the SOPs are ready, three franchises – Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rajasthan Royals, and Kings XI Punjab – will likely be seeking clarity on the squad limit, given that all three of them currently have 25 players listed in their squads on the official IPL website.The IPL will retain all its major sponsor, including the Chinese mobile company VIVO, the title sponsor. The topic of Chinese sponsors has been a contentious one in recent weeks, given the cross-border tensions between India and China.In April, the BCCI postponed the 2020 IPL season indefinitely due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The board’s first preference was to stage the event in India, but therapidly increasing count of coronavirus cases in the country has made that unfeasible. The total count of confirmed cases in India has shot past the 1.75 million mark, which puts the country place behind only the USA and Brazil worldwide.On July 21, Brijesh Patel, the chairman of the IPL governing council, announced that plans were afoot to hold the tournament in the UAE. Part of the 2014 edition was also held in the UAE, since it coincided with the general elections in India.