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Kepak (St Merryn Meats) announce their Victoria site in Cornwall is at risk of closure - Usdaw enters into consultation talks

Date: 28 March 2019 Usdaw, the trade union for Kepak staff at the former St Merryn Meats Victoria site in Cornwall, has entered into a minimum 45 day meaningful consultation on the company’s closure proposal.
Kepak’s announcement puts 173 workers at risk of redundancy. The company told staff that they are exploring the possibility of reorganising and consolidating its activities in the UK and this review may result in the closure of the operations at the Victoria site, resulting in redundancies. However, no decision has been made at this time.

David Clift – Usdaw Area organiser says: “This is devastating news for all of those who could be affected by Kepak’s proposals. Usdaw is meeting with the company in the coming weeks to understand and challenge the business case for the proposed site closure. Our priority is to save jobs and we will also explore redeployment opportunities, for those at risk of redundancy, possibly at the Bodmin or Merthyr sites.”

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Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) is the UK's fifth biggest and the fastest growing trade union with over 420,000 members. Membership has increased by more than one-third over the last couple of decades. Most Usdaw members work in the retail sector, but the union also has many members in transport, distribution, food manufacturing, chemicals and other trades.
 
For Usdaw press releases visit: http://www.usdaw.org.uk/news and you can follow us on Twitter @UsdawUnion

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