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Karro Food Group announces job losses at Wiveliscombe site
ALMOST 100 people have lost their jobs at a Wiveliscombe slaughter house.
After months of uncertainty, Karro Food Group confirmed this week it is ending slaughter and butchery operations at its Sandys Moor site, making 93 people redundant.
Bosses described the shake-up as ‘critical’ and say they are offering staff redeployment.
Chief executive Seamus Carr said: “This has been a very difficult decision and has been taken only after extensive consultation with Unite and site employees, during which we exhausted all other options.
“Unfortunately, our Wiveliscombe slaughter and butchery operation did not have the necessary scale to operate profitably, and so proceeding with these changes was critical to ensure our continued viability and growth, and safeguard other jobs across our business.”
In August, the County Gazette reported how the firm, one of the town’s biggest employers, entered a consultation with employees and trade union representatives with a view to slashing 113 posts.
Following talks, Karro said it will retain 38 jobs at the site – 20 more than originally proposed - all in the curing and food service sales departments.
Mr Carr added: “We have worked hard to support impacted employees through this process and to try and mitigate the impact on them wherever possible.
“Employees who have been affected by the redundancies have been given the opportunity to transfer to another of our sites, and we are providing all impacted employees with on-going training and support to assist them in finding new employment.”
Speaking yesterday on Wednesday (October 16), Mr Browne said: “Losing 93 jobs is a real blow to a small town like Wiveliscombe.
“Part of what makes Wiveliscombe attractive is the mixed population and the range of different employment opportunities.
“The former employees deserve to be well treated and to be given every assistance in finding new jobs.”
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