‘Race row’ dispute intensifies at Smethwick food group 2 Sisters

FURTHER protests were held at Black Country food group 2 Sisters as 55 suspended employees face disciplinary action over their involvement in wildcat strikes.

The Smethwick-based firm, which supplies chicken products to major names such as Tesco and Marks & Spencer, has launched disciplinary proceedings against the staff members who took part in unofficial industrial action earlier this month.

Unions representing the workers said the protests were sparked by the company’s slow response to an alleged racist incident involving a security guard employed by a third-party contractor.

They claimed a senior shop steward was suspended for complaining during work time to management about being racially abused by the guard.

In a statement, the firm said: “It is very sad and worrying that Unite and a small minority of employees are seeking publicity by promoting these ridiculous allegations.”

It said the shop steward had been suspended because he had failed to follow several management requests and displayed unprofessional behaviour.

The allegations of racial abuse had been raised several months earlier and been investigated by 2 Sisters Food Group and the Security Company in line with agreed procedure, the firm said.

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