Kendal factory not out of the woods after Heinz announces 250 jobs to go UK-wide (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Kendal factory not out of the woods after Heinz announces 250 jobs to go UK-wide
STAFF at Kendal’s Heinz factory could be facing another round of redundancies – just weeks after 44 people left the company.
Its owners have announced another restructuring programme involving the loss of 250 positions throughout the UK.
Only recently 44 people were made redundant from the Mint Bridge Road plant.
Asked if the new redundancy programme would include Kendal, a Heinz spokesman said it related ‘to all sites and concerns office positions.’
Just recently, 44 job losses went in production and management in Kendal with 26 voluntary, six compulsory, 12 vacancies and fixed-term contracts.
In its latest round of restructuring, Heinz said it was proposing a ‘new streamlined structure’ for its UK and Ireland operations.
The statement added: “Unfortunately, the proposals may result in a number of difficult organizational changes, including the elimination of 248 office positions across the UK and Ireland. We regret the impact this may have on Heinz employees and their families.
“The proposal is subject to a consultation process with employees and their representatives, and Heinz is committed to ensuring all employees are treated with the utmost respect and compassion.”
The Unite union, which was involved in talks over the previous losses, said it would be monitoring the situation carefully and seeing what impact it may have on Kendal.
Rhys McCarthy, of Unite, said: “The news that Heinz is proposing nearly 250 job cuts in the UK is devastating and will, no doubt, have a huge impact on our members and their families. A nearly 10 per cent reduction in UK staff is savage, unnecessary and putting profits before people.”
The redundancies have been sparked, say Unite, after Heinz was bought out by Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital venture capitalists for £18 billion at the beginning of the year.
“We will be contacting the company to request urgent meetings and will make sure proper consultation takes place to mitigate any potential job losses.”
Heinz employs 2,600 workers at its factories at the UK.
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