Unite in talks to avoid compulsory job losses at chick...

Unite in talks to avoid compulsory job losses at Hereford chicken processing plant

16 March 2016

Unite, the country’s largest union, is ‘quietly confident’ that it can avoid compulsory redundancies at Cargill, the chicken processing plant in Hereford, after the news that 230 roles could be lost.

Cargill, which employs about 2,000 workers, operates two processing facilities in Hereford; one at Grandstand Road and the other at Yazor Road, where the jobs losses will occur.

The company is blaming the loss of the Asda contract for breaded and battered chicken products for the cutback in the workforce.

Unite regional officer Joe Clarke said: “It is early days in the consultation process, but we are quietly confident that we can avoid compulsory redundancies through voluntary redundancy and redeployment at the Grandstand Road plant.

“We are talking about a 20 per cent cutback to the workforce at Yazor Road. The Grandstand Road site is unaffected by this announcement.

“We will be working closely and constructively with the company in the weeks ahead and I appreciate that it is a worrying time for our members, but we will be keeping them fully informed of how the talks with management progress.”


Notes to editors:

For more information please contact: Unite regional officer Joe Clarke on 07979 517572 or Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Email: 

  • 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.