Bakkavor’s job cuts deal

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BOSSES at Bakkavor have announced that 35 people will be made redundant at its Bourne site - with a further 144 members of staff taking voluntary redundancy.

The Icelandic food giant has come under fire from the Unite union for the cuts made at the Bourne Salads site. Union chiefs argue that workers are being made to pay for mistakes made by the bosses.

However, Bakkavor says that the final total of job cuts is much lower than the 375 figure originally at risk and has made an agreement over terms and conditions for the site’s work force.

It says that none of its hourly paid staff will face compulsory redundancy.

In a statement released by the firm yesterday a spokesman said: “Throughout the consultation process we have discussed our proposals in detail with employees and Unite and where viable we have modified our measures to reflect their views.

“The following conditions have been agreed for hourly-paid staff going forward - There will be no reduction in pay rates for any existing permanent worker. All new starter rates will increase to existing permanent rates within two years. An enhanced redundancy scheme has been agreed. Overtime working with premia will be paid after contractual hours.

“Our aim has been to sustain the business in the long term against some difficult trading conditions in the food sector and we are grateful to our staff for their continued patience and understanding.”

Bakkavor’s job cuts do no affect any of its other south Lincolnshire sites.

The Spalding Road site handles bagged salads, stir fry, pre-cut vegetables and pre-cut fruit for supermarkets.

A 90-day consultation on job cuts at the Bourne site began in December.