Unite regional officer Roger Dillion said: “We had a meeting with the management of the Hain Daniels Group, owners of the jam makers at Histon, near Cambridge, yesterday (Thursday 10 October) over its future  plans, following speculation about a possible sale to a private equity firm.

“We also wanted copper-bottomed reassurances for our 300 workers at the Chivers Way site that terms and conditions, some of them stretching back 25 to 30 years, will be maintained if the company is sold.

“Unfortunately, the meeting was very unsatisfactory as the management was unable to elaborate on the concerns we had raised. The impression given was that we were being stonewalled.

“As a result, we are calling on the Histon management to make a clear statement of its future plans to reassure the workers at this site within the next week.

“If this is not forthcoming, we reserve the right to explore all other options, including giving consideration to an industrial action ballot of our members.”

The Cambridgeshire site, which dates back to 1873, produces such iconic brands as Hartley’s jam, Gales Honey, and the Robertson’s and Frank Cooper marmalades.


Notes to editors:

The Hain Daniels Group has sites across the UK, but Histon is the only one where Unite is recognised for trade union collective bargaining purposes.

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Unite press office is on:  020 3371 2065
Email: shaun.noble@unitetheunion.org

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.