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Kraft 'didn't inform all staff about cuts before announcement'

07 December 2011

It has emerged, in a report on the BBC, Kraft Foods will cut 200 jobs at its Bournville, Birmingham, Chirk in Wrexham, north Wales, and Marlbrook in Herefordshire. However, it appears some staff heard of the plans through the media.

According to the report, the losses will be made through redeployment and voluntary redundancies over two years from next March.

Jennie Formby of Unite is reported as having said: "It is wrong that the first that hundreds of employees will hear about the threat to their jobs will be through the media."

In its defence, Kraft said it had held briefings with staff and union representatives but because of shift patterns it was unable to inform all staff of its plans before they were announced.

"Our view is that, if Kraft is investing £44m for the expansion of its UK factories, there should be no job losses and we will be strongly pressing for that outcome when we talk to management about this issue in the new year," Formby said.

Meantime, Kraft will oversee £6m investment in Sheffield, which, according to the BBC, will see Oreo and BelVita biscuits being made in the UK for the first time, alongside existing production of Trebor, Maynards and Bassetts candy at the plant.


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