Unite keeps a close eye on Bernard Matthews

A leading workers’ union in the UK, Unite, has said it will be keeping a close watch on turkey producer Bernard Matthews amid rumours it has been put up for sale. 

Unite met with management at the company’s Great Witchingham headquarters in Norfolk where it was told that the business was not up for sale, although a number of interested parties had made approaches as to the company’s current value.

“The management said that the company was not up for sale, although there had been approaches about Bernard Matthews’ current financial standing,” said Steve Harley, Unite regional officer.

“The message was very much ‘business as usual’. There had been losses, but they were being addressed by a redevelopment plan as the company gears up for the peak Christmas production period.

“The management said that sales were good, although profit margins remained tight.

“There was no mention of any job losses, but Unite will be keeping an eagle eye on the situation as it develops in the weeks and months ahead, as the job security of our members is paramount.”

Speculation over the company’s future was sparked last month when Rutland Partners, who invested in the firm, appointed PriceWaterhouseCoopers to look for possible buyers.

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