Cambridgeshire

Wisbech poultry factory could cut 300 jobs

News that up to 300 jobs may be axed at a Cambridgeshire poultry products factory came as an "enormous shock" to staff, says the Unite union.

Unite officer Mark Plumb said the 350 staff at Moy Park Ltd, Wisbech "had no indication" their jobs were at risk.

The firm said it had begun a consultation to move jobs to its Lincolnshire site "to make the business more competitive".

The Wisbech factory makes poultry products and cooked, sliced meats.

In the future, the plant could focus on only producing cooked, sliced meats, substantially reducing the workforce, but keeping the factory open.

A spokesperson from the firm, said: "All those affected by job losses will be offered transfers to other Moy Park sites.

"Consolidating poultry products between the Wisbech and Grantham sites will make the business more competitive."

'Sustainable option'

Mr Plumb said: "This has come as an enormous shock to all at Wisbech...there was no indication so many jobs might go.

"We want a sustainable option left in Wisbech if we have to concede work transfers to Grantham.

"We want to keep as many jobs as possible, either new jobs or by Moy Park bringing jobs in from elsewhere."

Northern Ireland-based Moy Park has owned the Wisbech plant for about 10 years.

It employs about 10,000 people across 13 sites in Northern Ireland, England and France.

The company said it had not set a deadline for when its consultation over the future of the Wisbech factory would end.

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