Unite, Britain's biggest union, is urging the administrator Duff & Phelps to do everything possible to help protect jobs at the Liverpool based peanut manufacturer Trigon Snacks Limited.
The union is also urging the administrator to give the department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) the opportunity to look into the role of the state-owned RBS bank, a creditor, in this affair. Trigon Snacks makes Planters and Big D peanut brands and in 1996 Walkers sold the business to private investors.
The administrator is due to make a decision on the future of the company imminently which went into administration on 10 September with 64 employees being sacked on 13 September. There are 110 jobs left at the factory in Liverpool. Should the business be sold to the German company Intersnack Unite fears more jobs could be lost.
Intersnack is already the dominant force in the market following the recent acquisition of KP Snacks earlier in the year.
Unite regional officer Franny Joyce said:“We know there are a number of parties interested in acquiring this business, and some are committed to retaining the business in Liverpool. However, should Intersnack purchase the company, we fear they may only focus on the machinery and the brands, and close the site.
"Sixty four loyal workers have already been sacked. It is vital that administrator Duff & Phelps does everything possible to retain these much needed jobs in Liverpool and allows business secretary Vince Cable to look into the role RBS has played as a creditor in this affair. This is a viable company with cash flow problems and with the right owner the company has a long term future."
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Notes to editors:
Unite is Britain and Ireland's largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.