Job losses announced at factory

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A FACTORY has announced that more than 179 people will be taking compulsory and voluntary redundancies at its Bourne site.

Bakkavor has announced this morning that there will be 35 compulsory redundancies of salaried workers and 144 voluntary redundancies of hourly paid staff at Bakkavor Prepared Produce, in Spalding Road.

The company announced in September that it was looking to axe 375 jobs due to difficult trading conditions but this was later reduced to 170 following a consultation with staff.

The Unite union had been protesting against the cuts in the run-up to Christmas by running a petition and demonstrating in Spalding town centre, near to the company’s UK headquarters.

Bakkavor stated this morning that 144 of its hourly paid staff had requested to take voluntary redundancies and that there would be no compulsory redundancies of hourly paid staff.

A statement from the company said: “Following the conclusion of the extensive 90 day consultation at the Bourne Prepared Produce business in December, we are pleased to confirm that the number of compulsory redundancies has been significantly reduced to 35 employees and agreement on changes to terms and conditions has been reached.

“We can confirm that there will be no compulsory redundancies of hourly-paid staff.

“144 hourly-paid employees have requested to take the enhanced voluntary redundancy package. The remainder of affected hourly paid staff have agreed to changes in working patterns or accepted positions elsewhere in the company which has removed any requirement for compulsory redundancies. With regret, there will be 35 salaried staff redundancies which are mainly compulsory.

“Throughout the consultation process we have discussed our proposals in detail with employees and Unite and where viable we have modified our measures to reflect their views.”

The statement also added that conditions had been agreed between the company and Unite union.