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Marmite jobs could go say bosses

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 13, 2014

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UP to 10 jobs are expected to be lost at Burton’s Marmite factory, with the town’s operation set to downsize in an effort to save cash.

Unilever, which produces the household name at the Wellington Road site, confirmed redundancies were likely to be the outcome of a two-month review.

It said the factory would be scaled down to a five-day operation from the current seven-day working week, under proposals which will now be discussed with workers and union bosses.

A Unilever spokesman said: “Unfortunately, as a result of this proposed change, there may be up to 10 redundancies.

“However, we hope that we will be able to mitigate as many compulsory redundancies as possible through voluntary means and through redeployment into new roles created.”

The Mail revealed in May that jobs could be under threat at the plant, which has been a fixture of the town for more than a century.

A review was launched with Unilever saying it was “clear action had to be taken” to cut costs and improve efficiency at the site.

The consumer goods giant blamed a “shift in the way people shop” and the legacy of the recession for the changes.

Despite taking the cost-cutting measure, bosses said it would invest in training workers who remain at the factory in order to “create one multi-skilled, cross-functional team”.

The spokesman said: “Following a thorough two-month review of our factory, conducted by a cross-departmental team of employees, the management team has proposed a number of changes which will enable us to improve the overall efficiency of the site.

“A key part of the proposal is to enable a predominantly five-day operation across site, and to make more efficient use of every team member’s time. To do this, it will require investment in training and development to up-skill our employees.

“We will now enter into a period of formal consultation with trade union representatives to discuss the proposed changes further.”

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