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Poultry plant closure sad, says Unite

Smethwick poultry plant closure ‘sad’, says Unite

05 June 2017

The closure of the poultry processing plant in Smethwick in the West Midlands on 23 June is ‘very sad’, Unite, the country largest union, said today (Monday 5 June).

The 2 Sisters Food Group said that the factory at Bevan Way, Alpha Business Park is ‘ageing’ which is the reason behind the closure.

Unite’s national officer for the food industry Julia Long said: "Unite can confirm that the Smethwick site will close on 23 June which is very sad news for the workforce.

"Through intensive negotiations we have managed to save about 250 jobs which will be taken up by other 2 Sisters' sites in the West Midlands.

"Unfortunately, this still means that some 300 workers face redundancy.

"However, given the company's business case that this site was ageing and needed drastic modernisation to conform environmentally, we believe that this was the only achievable outcome.

"Unite always has the welfare of its members as the top priority and we are continuing to support them in the days and weeks ahead."

ENDS

Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Email: shaun.noble@unitetheunion.org 

  • 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.