95 jobs go at factory in Bridlington

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NINETY-FIVE jobs are being lost in Bridlington after a local firm announced plans to make almost half of its workforce redundant.

Bosses at the Dawn Meats abbattoir and meat boning factory on Carnaby Industrial Estate chose Friday the 13th to deliver the bad news to staff.

In a statement sent to the Free Press, a spokesman for Dawn Meats said: “It is with much regret that the Dawn Group informed staff on Friday, May 13 of potential redundancies at its Carnaby meat processing plant.

“The redundancies will involve the potential loss of up to 95 jobs, but the beef and lamb abattoir and lamb cutting operations will continue to operate as normal and the plant will continue to employ approximately 120 staff.

“The Dawn Group will be consulting with affected staff about the possibility of alternative employment at other Dawn sites and will also be working closely with local employment services in the area in assisting the staff involved to find alternative employment.”

In total, Dawn Meats have proposed that all 80 staff who work in beef boning at the site will face redundancy, as well two out of eight staff in the hygiene department, one out of three in maintenance and 12 out of 24 in clerical and management.

Under these proposals, affected staff would finish working at the site on September 2 this year.

One worker who contacted the Free Press

and asked not to be named, said: “It is a big blow for everyone.

“There was no inkling beforehand that there was a problem.

“Relocation has been offered for some, but with no relocation costs, so how many people will want to uproot?

“But there is definitely not another 100 jobs waiting in Bridlington, I don’t know how people who have taken on mortgages are going to cope.”

In a letter given to staff last Friday, Patrick Walsh, managing director of Dawn Foods UK primary processing, called the job losses a “planned rationalisation” of the Dawn Carnaby site.

He said that “very difficult trading conditions and a reducing supply of livestock have meant that it is no longer viable for the beef boning hall to continue to operate”.

The letter also said that a “limited number of new positions” would be created on site, and that a number of vacancies may be available at other sites around the country within the Dawn Foods group - if staff are willing to relocate.

A meeting between management and staff was set to have taken place at the factory last night (Wednesday).

Dawn Meats, whose head office is based in Waterford in Ireland, currently supplies meat to national supermarket chains such as Asda and Marks & Spencer.

They have seven sites in Ireland, six in the UK including Carnaby, and four around Europe.