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300 London Food Jobs Under Threat

Monday, January 18, 2016

GMB Seek To Mitigate Impact Of 300 Jobs Under Threat At Bakkavor Meals Park Royal Following Significant Loss Of Tesco Business

A consultation on redundancy is underway affecting members at Bakkavor Meals at the Cumberland, Elveden and Premier Park sites says GMB.

GMB, the union for workers in the food industry, commented on the announcement by Bakkavor Meals to the workforce that over 300 jobs are under threat at the company’s Park Royal sites in London following the loss of business with Tesco.

Tony Warr, GMB Senior Organiser, said “Bakkavor Meals, Park Royal, has advised the GMB of the loss of £32 million worth of Tesco business (mash and other potato lines) equivalent to 16% of turnover. This will have an effect on over 300 workers employed at the company's Cumberland, Elveden and Premier Park sites who will be put on notice of redundancy. A consultation process has commenced which GMB is fully involved with.

In order to mitigate the potential losses in jobs, the company has proposed creating a new shift pattern which is hoped will reduce the head count down to 77. This could also be achieved, in part, by removing all agency staff and moving fixed- term contract workers into permanent positions. The reason for the new shift is due to growth in houmous volume but the current shift pattern does not allow for 20 hours of daily production which will be required to meet the volume.  It is proposed that the new shift pattern would see a reduction in hours from 40 to 38hrs per week.

GMB will take part in discussions to deal with the problems arising from the loss of this contract and other issues.  GMB believes it is wrong and totally unnecessary for the company to cut our members' hours and pay. 

The company has sought to use the redundancy situation to consult on reductions in terms and conditions. This is a step too far and will be strongly resisted.” 

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Contact: Tony Warr 07710 631336 or Hiten Vaidya 07552 120 740 or GMB press office 07974 251 823 or 07921 289880

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