Essex milk plant closure is sour news for workers, say...

Essex milk plant closure is sour news for workers, says Unite

07 March 2016

The threat to 230 jobs at the Arla Foods fresh milk processing plant at Hatfield Peverel, Essex has left a sour taste in the mouth for the workforce, Unite, the country’s largest union, said today (Monday 7 March).

Arla Foods announced today that the plant could close by the end of July with the company’s £150 million Aylesbury site taking on the bulk of the Essex processing operation.

Unite regional officer Mark Barter said: “This is very bad news for the workforce and their families – it leaves a sour taste in the mouth. There is not much similar employment in the area and the commute to Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire would be far too much on a daily basis.

“The first opportunity to meet management will probably be this Friday when we will be asking for the reasons why this plant has had to close – we will require a full explanation.

“We will want to investigate every opportunity to save these 200 milk production jobs.

“We are also very concerned about the proposal to transfer a further 32 logistical/driving staff to Bidvest Logistics – we would want to ensure that there is no erosion of pay and conditions, if they are TUPE’d [Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment)] to this new employer.

“Unite represents 137 members at Hatfield Peverel and, as a union, we will be giving them the maximum support through this very difficult time.”


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  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.