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By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 05, 2013

By ROB SMYTH

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FORTY-FIVE workers at a major employer in Burton will be axed from their roles by the end of the week after an appeal for voluntary redundancies failed.

Bosses at Kerry Foods, in Mosley Street, revealed that despite ‘positive’ discussions with employees and union representatives, it was going to have to implement a compulsory redundancies plan because only 50 of the 95 required came forward.

The firm revealed talks were at a ‘critical’ stage and it was expected that all staff set to lose their jobs would be identified before the end of the week.

Frank Hayes (pictured inset), director of corporate affairs for the Irish chilled food manufacturer, said: “I can confirm that after a consultation that began in January, only 50 of the required 95 volunteer redundancies have been found.

“Unfortunately this means that we have had to begin to select 45 people for compulsory redundancy.

“We have been consulting staff and union officials on this matter and, although we don’t have a set deadline, we expect to know the identity of the entire list of 95 by the end of this week.”

The jobs losses were announced to shocked staff in January after the company revealed exclusively to the Mail that its profits had taken a hit due to cost increases and excessive competition within the food industry.

Mr Hayes added: “We employed 80 new staff members last year, which brought the total at the site 1,086.

“The jobs losses will bring us down to our natural figure at the site. It is regrettable that we have had to go down the route of compulsory redundancies.”

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  • Burhan  |  March 12 2013, 10:06AM

    9 out od these 45 have successfully fought against their redundancy and are now back in work. Now the manageres will pick another 9 poor workers

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  • squigglefish  |  March 07 2013, 2:59PM

    Went on there induction and like the others have posted Its not a place that i would want to work at.

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  • Burhan  |  March 07 2013, 11:24AM

    It's a pathetic ill treated workplace anyway - now a further torture on the poor employees. The idiots will be rectruting soon in next few months...

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  • go2hell  |  March 05 2013, 3:20PM

    Place is a rubbish anyway. Dont know any reasonable person who would like to work at that concentration camp!!

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