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Food workers remain in the dark over New Year job cuts

Food workers remain in the dark over New Year job cuts

21 November 2013

Workers at the 2 Sisters chicken processing plant in Coupar Angus remain in the dark this afternoon over yesterday’s announcement that up to two hundred and fifty redundancies will take place in the new year.
 
Unite held emergency meetings last night with shop stewards and the Finance & Employment Secretary John Swinney, who is also the local constituency MSP, and have been told that the forty-five day redundancy consultation process will begin on Monday.
 
Fears have also been heightened that cuts will extend to terms and conditions at the Coupar Angus site, which employs over six-hundred and seventy workers and was purchased by 2 Sisters in March from the Dutch firm VION.
 
Unite Regional Industrial Officer Dougie Maguire said, “The mood among the workforce is one of shock but also of great fear as there has been little detail provided by 2 Sisters over where the axe will fall.  
 
“We are also deeply concerned about the prospect of imposed cuts to terms and conditions on top of these redundancies as the company’s rhetoric in the media indicates the rescue plan will not start and end with these job losses.
 
“Emergency meetings were held with our members and John Swinney MSP last night and we will work closely with the Scottish government to try and minimise the devastating impact this would have on local jobs and the local community.
 
“Workers and their families are now at the mercy of what the employer presents on Monday and the prospect of bringing in the New Year without employment for hundreds of people in the Coupar Angus area is utterly grim.”
 
ENDS
 
Notes to Editors: For further information please contact Peter Welsh on 07810157931.
 
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