Nightshift jobs to go at factory

FORTY four nightshift posts have been made redundant at George Adams and Sons in Spalding to cut costs.

The redundancies at the frying department of the Fulney Lane site have been made in a bid to improve efficiency as the credit crunch affects businesses.

Adams Pork Products informed workers in the packing factory that the roles were finishing tomorrow after a consultation which began in June.

The employees voted on the proposals to cut the shifts last month.

One worker, who did not wish to be named, said the end of her 6pm to 10pm shift has forced her to give up her job because the alternative 7.30am to 4pm role would be impossible.

She also believes at least four others are affected.

She said: “It was all done openly but the atmosphere is not good and we are having to work around that.

“They are going to offer me shift payment for four weeks and the letter says some of this may involve cleaning work. My description is packing operative.

“Not only have we lost the flower parade but also the character of one of Spalding’s most famous factories.”

The site was taken over by meat exporter Danish Crown in November when workers were assured no changes would be made to the company as it operated as part of Danish Crown’s subsidiary Tulip. But in February 71 management, administration and distribution positions were axed and there is the danger of 112 more losses when another consultation over roles in the frying department ends.

Company spokesman Ken Wallace said: “A democratic consultation was carried out.

“There were a lot of alternatives offered to those who had night shifts.

“It’s very sad when people lose their jobs and I can understand the resentment but the management must try to return the company to profitability.”