The threat to 55 jobs at the Bernard Matthews turkey plant at Great Witchingham, near Norwich, was described as “a blow to the rural economy” in Norfolk by Unite, the country’s largest union.
Unite is currently in talks with the management to ensure that any redundancies are voluntary or that jobs are redeployed within the company.
Unite represents the 35 process workers under threat at the site. Also under threat are 12 managers and eight engineers who are not covered by Unite’s collective agreement, unlike the process workers.
Unite regional officer Ivan Crane said: “These jobs are under threat because of a company restructuring exercise. We are in talks with the management so that any redundancies are either voluntary or that employees can be redeployed within the company.
“This is a blow to employment in Norfolk’s economy, at a time when finding jobs is difficult in the county – and throughout rural East Anglia.”
For further information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.