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Firm reveals 90 per cent in work ahead of closure

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 03, 2014

Arla milk plant - Smisby Road, Ashby..

Arla milk plant - Smisby Road, Ashby..

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AROUND 90 per cent of people made redundant as a result of the imminent closure of a dairy factory have found new jobs, according to bosses at the company.

Senior figures at Arla Foods revealed 300 workers in total hadbeen made redundant since it announced its decision to close its dairy and distribution facility in Smisby Lane, Ashby, in 2013.

However, they also told the Mail that 90 per cent of those who wanted to find work had now taken up new roles.

A spokesman for the firm said: “We can confirm that 300 workers have taken redundancy from the Ashby site.

“A handful have transferred to other parts of the firm and there are still some people in Ashby as the site is still operational, albeit on a much smaller scale.

“Ninety per cent of people made redundant following the closure have now found work.

“In terms of the complete closure of the site, we do not have a definite date at this time.”

When the job losses were originally announced, the site was set to close in April this year – a date which has since passed.

The dairy company joined forces with North West Leicestershire District Council to organise a special jobs fair in a bid to help those who were losing their jobs.

Arla Foods has been running several schemes and equipping employees with transferable employment skills since the end of consultation process in September 2013.

The union group USDAW also co-ordinated a redundancy support programme.

North West Leicestershire MP Andrew Bridgen said: “It is always disappointing to hear of a major employer leaving the district.

“However, I am optimistic that with the transferable skills many of its employees possess, together with the help of Arla Foods and USDAW, the district council and the JobCentre, many workers will find a new source of employment.”

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