Kraft cuts another 200 jobs breaking Rosenfeld promise

Kraft Foods is to cut another 200 jobs despite claiming that it will spend £50 million on chocolate and biscuit manufacturing.Kraft cuts another 200 jobs breaking Rosenfeld promiseThe firm which bought Cadbury in a hostile take over last year said jobs would be axed at Bournville in Birmingham, Chirk in Wrexham, north Wales, and Marlbrook in Herefordshire.

The losses will be made through redeployment and voluntary redundancies over two years from next March.

A new biscuit line will be made at the Sheffield plant, creating only 20 new jobs, the firm said.

Union Unite said it had “great concern” about the job losses and that some staff had been informed of the plans through the media.

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

Jennie Formby, Unite national officer for the food industry, said: “Our view is that, if Kraft is investing £44 million 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.”

She added: “It is wrong that the first that hundreds of employees will hear about the threat to their jobs will be through the media.”

In March last year, following its hostile acquisition of Cadbury, Kraft made a series of promises to employees, including no further plant closures and no compulsory redundancies in UK manufacturing for two years.

The firm said these commitments remained “fully in force” and were not changed by the job losses announcement.

The £6m investment in Sheffield will see Oreo and BelVita biscuits being made in the UK for the first time, alongside existing production of Trebor, Maynards and Bassetts confectionery at the plant.

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December 12, 2011 · Home Based Jobs · 3 Comments
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