Unilever has confirmed jobs at one of its food factories in Germany are set to go even after it reached agreement with staff to keep the plant open.

This week, the deal between Unilever and employee representatives on changes to maintain production at the facility in Heilbronn was formally signed.

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Last autumn, workers at the factory in the southern German town were informed Unilever no longer deemed the plant competitive enough. After talks between the FMCG giant and staff, the facility will stay open, although with some changes to conditions, including a reduction in top-up payments for late and weekend shifts.

A spokesperson for Unilever’s business in Germany also said there would be redundancies at the plant, which makes products under the Knorr brand for the domestic market and other European countries.

“There will also be some redundancies, which will be worked out together with the unions and the works council. I think that’ll be between 40 and 50, something like that. It’s not 100% sure yet,” the spokesperson said. Around 500 staff work at the plant.