nite to monitor turkey producers Bernard Matthews as b...

Unite to monitor turkey producers Bernard Matthews as bosses say: ‘Business as usual’

18 July 2016

Unite, the country’s largest union, will be monitoring closely developments at turkey producers Bernard Matthews, after the management said it was: ‘Business as usual’.

Unite said today (Monday 18 July) that at a meeting at the company’s Great Witchingham headquarters in Norfolk on Friday (15 July), the management had told the union the business was not up for sale, although a number of interested parties had made approaches as to the company’s current value.

Unite represents about 450 of the 2,000-strong workforce.

Unite regional officer Steve Harley said: “The management said that the company was not up for sale, although there had been approaches about Bernard Matthews’ current financial standing.

“The message was very much: ‘Business as usual’. There had been losses, but they were being addressed by a redevelopment plan as the company gears up for the peak Christmas production period.

“The management said that sales were good, although profit margins remained tight.

“There was no mention of any job losses, but Unite will be keeping an eagle eye on the situation as it develops in the weeks and months ahead, as the job security of our members is paramount.”

Speculation as to the iconic firm’s future was sparked last month, after the owners, Rutland Partners appointed PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to look for possible buyers.

Unite’s members are based at the producing sites at Great Witchingham and Holton in Suffolk, as well as the animal food mill at Bawsey, near King’s Lynn.


Notes to editors:

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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.