SUBSCRIBE

Inside food & drink manufacturing

Headlines > People

Read more breaking news

 

 

2 Sisters denies Brexit-related job losses at The Pizza Factory

Post a comment
Matt Atherton

By Matt Atherton+

18-Jan-2017
Last updated on 18-Jan-2017 at 17:58 GMT2017-01-18T17:58:11Z

2 Sisters denied Brexit was the reason for 280 job cuts at The Pizza Factory
2 Sisters denied Brexit was the reason for 280 job cuts at The Pizza Factory

2 Sisters has denied union claims that Brexit was to blame for the planned 280 job losses at The Pizza Factory.

Unite the union claimed 2 Sisters-owned The Pizza Factory sent a message to staff, stating Brexit-related pressures and “price-conscious supermarkets” were behind the imminent threat to the jobs, the union claimed.

The union claimed the New Year message from management said: “As [I] am sure you all know, we are in an extremely challenging economic environment following Brexit.

“We are facing very significant commodity and utility inflation on top of the National Living Wage increases. At the same time, retailer competition is intensifying with growth harder to come by and value a key theme.”

Job losses

But, a 2 Sisters spokesman denied the claim that job losses were linked to Brexit. “Following the announcement last year that our customer is moving to another supplier, we are still consulting with colleagues about this, a 2 Sisters spokesman told FoodManufacture.co.uk.

“No decisions have been made and we will continue to work closely with all parties to reach the best possible outcome.”

The job losses were linked to a big contract loss, it was believed.

Unite is meeting management later today (January 18) to discuss redundancy pay, after the manufacturer revealed plans to cut jobs in August . The union wants statutory redundancy pay to double, as was agreed with the business’s former owners, it said.

Workers are preparing for industrial action, short of striking, from Tuesday January 24. The factory’s 489 union members voted for action (72%), while 66% voted to strike.

‘Taking industrial action’

Unite regional officer Andy Shaw said: “The company has blamed Brexit and pressures from price-conscious supermarkets. Our members will be taking industrial action short of a strike from next Tuesday [January 24] which will mean withdrawing overtime and goodwill.

“The management’s consultation process has been dire, given the number of jobs under threat. Unite tabled an alternative plan to redundancy. The shift changes we proposed included short time working, which would have spread the pain across the workforce as a whole.

“This would have protected jobs in the short term until additional sales could be achieved.  This was rejected without any real discussion or negotiation.”

Meanwhile, the owner of 2 Sisters – Boparan Holdings – said it was preparing for one of its toughest years. It reported a 1.9% rise in operating profit to £19.8M.

 

The Pizza Factory planned job losses – at a glance
  • 280 jobs under threat
  • Jobs would be lost from January 28
  • 2 Sisters denied union claims Brexit was behind the redundancies

Post a comment

Comment title *
Your comment *
Your name *
Your email *

We will not publish your email on the site

I agree to Terms and Conditions

These comments have not been moderated. You are encouraged to participate with comments that are relevant to our news stories. You should not post comments that are abusive, threatening, defamatory, misleading or invasive of privacy. For the full terms and conditions for commenting see clause 7 of our Terms and Conditions ‘Participating in Online Communities’. These terms may be updated from time to time, so please read them before posting a comment. Any comment that violates these terms may be removed in its entirety as we do not edit comments. If you wish to complain about a comment please use the "REPORT ABUSE" button or contact the editors.