Unite seeks clarity on future of turkey producers Bern...

Unite seeks clarity on future of turkey producer Bernard Matthews

30 June 2016

Clarity on the future of turkey producer Bernard Matthews and its 2,000-strong workforce has been called for by Unite, the country’s largest union, today (Thursday 30 June).

The union said that it was ‘a worrying time’ for employees, after the owners, Rutland Partners appointed PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to look for possible buyers.

Unite, which represents about 450 of the 2,000-strong workforce, will be raising its concerns with management at the company’s Great Witchingham headquarters in Norfolk on Friday 15 July.

Unite regional officer Steve Harley said: “It is a worrying time for our members and we will be seeking clarity on what this means for the company and the workers when we meet management on Friday 15 July.

“Unite recognises that Bernard Matthews is in a very competitive marketplace with profit margins being squeezed. This issue is one for the management’s marketing and sales team to address as a matter of urgency.

“Our members are dedicated and hardworking, and have contributed to the company’s long-standing success with its iconic name – and Unite will do everything possible to support them during this period of uncertainty.”

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:

For more information please contact 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.