Workers at the 2 Sisters chicken processing plant in Coupar Angus have been left stunned by this afternoon’s announcement that over 200 jobs are to cut in the new year.
Senior management representatives from the food manufacturing giant were dispatched from their Birmingham headquarters to inform workers that redundancies were necessary due to financial difficulties caused by supply and demand issues.
Unite represents 500 of the 670 strong workforce at Coupar Angus, which was purchased along with eleven other processing plants in March this year from the Dutch firm VION, and is currently holding emergency meetings with its members on site.
Unite regional industrial officer Dougie Maguire said, “Over two hundred job losses would be absolutely devastating for the local community.
“There has been no consultation with management or even a suggestion that cuts were in the pipeline – it’s a stunning development and particularly so soon after the VION buyout.
“We are now holding emergency meetings with our membership and will also meet with the finance & employment secretary John Swinney MSP later this evening during which time we also need complete clarity from 2 Sisters on their plans for the Coupar Angus site.
“We will make further comment in due course.”
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Unite is Britain and Ireland's largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.