Unite regional coordinating officer Steve Preddy said: "Today’s (Wednesday 2 March) news that the first 40 redundancies have been announced is very sad, but not unexpected, news. The workers’ last day will be 25 May.
“The employees and their families are devastated, as you would expect. But it is also a grim day for the town of Shepton Mallet and its historic and proud links to the art of cider making, stretching back to 1770.
"The fact that a third of the workforce has now been given notice at the Shepton Mallet Cider Mill just reinforces the need for the management to accelerate their efforts to find a buyer for the site.
“Any such sale would be greatly assisted if the company agreed to sell its well-known brands, such as Blackthorn and Olde English, as well as the site itself.
“The brands and the site would make a very attractive package for a potential buyer at this already profitable site with an enthusiastic and dedicated workforce.
“The owners, the Dublin-based C&C Group, are proving to be a rotten apple amongst employers.”
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For more information please contact: Unite regional coordinating officer Steve Preddy on 07764 467443
Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Email: firstname.lastname@example.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.