UK: Kellogg revises job cut plans at Wrexham plant
Fewer jobs are to be lost at a Kellogg breakfast cereal plant in the UK after talks with union officials.
However, the US food group told just-food today (24 April) discussions with worker representatives meant fewer than 100 roles would now be cut.
A spokesperson for Kellogg said it had agreed with the USDAW and Unite unions to make 79 hourly-paid roles redundant on a voluntary basis.
It is now in talks with salaried staff that could lead to up to 20 of those positions lost.
"There is still more work to be done to make our Wrexham factory more efficient," the spokesperson said.
Kellogg said its initial proposals had led to 105 staff applying for voluntary redundancy. The company plans to let all those who applied leave the business - and will recruit new staff to cover the additional 26 staff going in addition to the 79 redundant roles.
Those that join will be on "new terms and conditions", although Kellogg refused to comment on the detail of the contracts, citing confidentiality.
"Although this has been a challenging time for our members, we are pleased that through effective consultation and good industrial relations, we have been able to significantly reduce the proposed job losses. We believe the Wrexham plant is now set up for the future in the best possible way," USDAW national officer Dave Gill said.
"There was an over-subscription of volunteers for redundancies, so we have agreed with Kellogg's that all employees who applied for voluntary redundancy or early retirement will be able to leave and there will no compulsory redundancies."
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