JOBS could be under threat at Burton’s Marmite factory after it emerged a two-month review of the site had begun in an attempt to save cash.
Unilever, which produces the household name at the Wellington Road plant, said all aspects of the operation were being assessed and have refused to rule out the possibility of job losses.
It said the review had been sanctioned as it was ‘clear that action has to be taken’ to cut costs and improve efficiency at the factory, which has been a prominent feature in the town for more than a century.
Workers now face an uncertain summer after bosses said the future of the site would become clearer once the review had been completed in August.
Union chiefs at Unite said they were investigating what the review would mean for its members and are monitoring the situation.
Unilever said a ‘shift in the way people shop’ and the legacy of the recession meant a shake-up was needed.
The firm said in a statement: “The recession of the past half decade has left its mark on the retail and consumer landscape and we have seen a fundamental shift in the way people shop.
“We have therefore announced a two-month review of our Burton factory, examining how we operate and the associated costs and structures.
“The review aims to reduce our costs to improve the competitiveness of the site, and ensure that we have the right skills in the right place.”
The multi-national consumer goods giant said workers would be updated during the process, but that nothing would be announced before August.
The statement continued: “Over the next two months, we will be engaging employees and trade unions over how best to address the challenges that we face, and we will work together to achieve the best outcome possible. As this is a review, no decisions have yet been made but it is clear that action needs to be taken.
“We will announce a formal conclusion in August, at which time we will share with employees any proposed changes that have been discussed during the review.
“By working together with our employees throughout the review period, we hope to identify the best ways of improving the competitiveness of the site and securing its long-term future.”