Union welcomes Bakkavor news

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UNION members say they are pleased with news of a reduction in the amount of redundancies at Bakkavor in Bourne.

Last week we revealed that 35 people faced compulsory redundancy at the Bourne Salads – along with 144 taking voluntary redundancy at the Spalding Road site.

Union members said this week that they were pleased that the number of compulsory redundancies has been cut.

Senior shop steward Claire Baker said: “There is relief that the voluntary applications have gone through so nobody is going to be forced out.”

Unite organiser Steve Nesbitt said: “Unite the union welcomed the move that the management at Bakkavor at Bourne have made to their original proposals.

“We want to work with the company in his continued positive manner to help them grow the business.”

The Icelandic firm blamed tough trading conditions on the job cuts.

It also agreed on no reduction in pay rates for existing permanent workers, that all new starters will increase to existing permanent rates within two years, an enhanced redundancy scheme and overtime arrangements.