2 Sisters’ Welsh plant workers in consultancy

Unite the union has entered into a 45-day consultancy process with 2 Sisters food group as it has confirmed job losses at the Llangefni chicken processing factory.

Unite said 2 Sisters could potentially shed 270 jobs, from agency workers and the direct work force, following the news that it will reduce the number of processed birds at the site from 430,000 to 275,000 a week.

A 2 Sisters spokesperson said: “It is paramount that we simplify our business to ensure we have the right products and processes within our factories to ensure we can sustain the high levels of quality and service our customers expect.

“Therefore, we propose to move to a single-shift operation in Llangefni as we reduce site throughput. This means some roles will be at risk of redundancy. This will help us to ensure Llangefni becomes a centre of excellence for producing chicken meat to supply the foodservice industry.”

Paddy McNaught, regional officer for Bangor, said the union had been successful in reducing the number of workers being axed from 284-300 to 270. “But we will continue to work alongside the Welsh Assembly to mitigate the situation and save as many jobs as possible,” he said.

This is in addition to 91 job losses at the 2 Sisters Batley site in West Yorkshire, part of its Fox's Biscuits division.

If you have been affected by this story, please contact eleanor.mackay@wrbm.com.

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