Shadow secretary calls for urgent action to save jobs

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Unemployment is on the rise in the food manufacturing sector and its supply chain, as firms announce further job cuts.Last month Kettle Produce...

Unemployment is on the rise in the food manufacturing sector and its supply chain, as firms announce further job cuts.

Last month Kettle Produce announced details of a "restructuring exercise", which threatens 100 jobs.

The firm employs around 950 staff in Fife, Scotland. It is consulting with the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW).

Shadow work and pensions secretary Chris Grayling has demanded the government takes "urgent steps" to protect jobs after new figures revealed that unemployment had risen by over 40% in some areas of the UK.

He called the figures a "real cause for concern" and has asked the government to give firms that fall into short-term difficulties better protection and to accelerate plans to give those who lose their jobs better back-to-work support.

His announcement comes after speculation that Brakes is to cut a number of jobs.

In September 2008 over 200 jobs were under threat after Dairy Crest announced plans to close its Nottingham-based milk bottling plant and reorganise its head office. In October Cadbury announced up to 250 job cuts.

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