UK own-label manufacturer Bakkavor today (7 December) confirmed the number of jobs it plans to cut at the company’s produce site in Bourne.

Bakkavor announced in October that it planned to cut staff numbers at the facility amid falling sales and higher costs.

The company’s proposals had meant that 375 jobs were under threat, which sparked anger from unions.

However, Bakkavor said today that, after consulting with staff and changing working patterns, 170 positions were now “at risk of redundancy”.

Bakkavor said: “Through changing shift patterns, placing staff in other Bakkavor sites and taking leavers into account, we have reduced the potential number of positions at risk of redundancy to 170. In addition, we have enhanced our redundancy package for those affected, we will not be making any changes to hourly rates for current employees and we will be introducing improved overtime thresholds than those originally proposed.”

The group said it would notify affected staff and expected the changes to be in place by 17 January.

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“We appreciate that this has, and will continue to be, a difficult time for those concerned but would stress that the proposed changes are essential in giving our business a future and securing over 700 jobs at Bourne,” Bakkavor added.