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150 jobs at risk at Poole’s Kerry Foods factory

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UP to 150 jobs look set be axed at a food manufacturer in Poole after Kerry Foods announced a review of its operations in the town.

The firm, which employs 860 full-time workers in Poole, has confirmed up to 150 employees at the branch could face redundancy amid a proposed restructure.

A spokesman from Kerry Foods, which produces savoury pies and pastries, said it had embarked on a 45-day consultation period reviewing its operations at Poole’s Sterte Avenue West.

“Out of our total workforce of 860 full-time employees, 150 may be challenged over this review,” it said.

Staff have been told, due to increased costs and a drop in orders, a company restructure was necessary in order to secure the future of the business.

The spokesman continued: “The sector has been extremely competitive and market volumes have fallen over the past year or so.

“While we have engaged with our workforce in Poole with regard to improving efficiency, and a lot of work has been carried out on site, it is regrettable the sector remains extremely com-petitive and the cost of raw materials has increased.”

A former employee, who asked not to be named, said workers had been left shocked by the announcement.

He said: “They’re not very pleased about it especially those who have been there for a number of years. Some of them are in their mid to late-50s and are worried they won’t be able to find other jobs. They have all turned around and said to them why don’t they cut back on agency staff and keep the permanent workers?”

The Kerry Foods spokesman insisted agency staff were not being used to replace permanent employees. He said: “No full-time jobs will be lost due to the use of agency workers. Agency workers are used to support production only as necessary.”

The leader of Borough of Poole, Cllr Elaine Atkinson said the news was very disappointing for the town.

Cllr Atkinson said: “We are disappointed to hear that Kerry Foods, in Poole, are likely to make a number of their staff redun-dant.

“We understand this to be due to falling demand for their products.”

She added: “We, along with other government agencies such as JobCentre Plus, are already working with Kerry Foods to help all of those that may be affected.”

Chris Wilson, ward councillor for Poole town, added: “It’s very disappointing for the people that work there. It must have come as a bit of a body blow for the workers. Anything that loses jobs in Poole is not good news.”

Simon Harrison, interim president of Poole Chamber of Trade and Commerce, said: “We are, as a Chamber, disappointed when any Poole business has to announce any job losses, and we will of course help where we can to minimise those losses.

“We are sure that any restructuring at Kerry Foods will be done quickly and that the business will then be in a position to return to contributing pos-itively to the business economy in Poole.”

He added: “Many of our members and businesses we talk to in Poole are more positive about the future than for a long time and we are hopeful that 2014 will be a successful year for many.”

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7:20am Mon 14 Apr 14

Huey says...

Very worrying for those affected, not nice at all.
Very worrying for those affected, not nice at all. Huey
  • Score: 20

8:00am Mon 14 Apr 14

nickynoodah says...

Huey wrote:
Very worrying for those affected, not nice at all.
Not nice at all and that's only the pies
tell me about em george .
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: Very worrying for those affected, not nice at all.[/p][/quote]Not nice at all and that's only the pies tell me about em george . nickynoodah
  • Score: -34

8:50am Mon 14 Apr 14

nickynoodah says...

bigtoe please don't mock huey he try's hard at times
get back in your damp bed and cheer up if that's possible
don't be a mullet head .
bigtoe please don't mock huey he try's hard at times get back in your damp bed and cheer up if that's possible don't be a mullet head . nickynoodah
  • Score: -38

9:45am Mon 14 Apr 14

user_name says...

nickynoodah wrote:
bigtoe please don't mock huey he try's hard at times
get back in your damp bed and cheer up if that's possible
don't be a mullet head .
I don't think there are many left that care about your comments any more. They have got repetitive and boring. Feel free to troll somewhere else.
[quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: bigtoe please don't mock huey he try's hard at times get back in your damp bed and cheer up if that's possible don't be a mullet head .[/p][/quote]I don't think there are many left that care about your comments any more. They have got repetitive and boring. Feel free to troll somewhere else. user_name
  • Score: 19

9:48am Mon 14 Apr 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

I would think that if Kerry foods are making redundancies as a cost cutting exercise then it would be those who have not been there the longest that would be at greater risk, long term workers would receive much higher redundancy payments so its not really logical to force redundancy on them, though some may weigh up the idea and take voluntary redundancy.

Interestingly we are told predominantly by the LibDems that leaving the EU will cost us millions of jobs and yet the EU rules and regulations which are a financial burden on factories up and down the country are forcing them to make these cost cutting measures.
I would think that if Kerry foods are making redundancies as a cost cutting exercise then it would be those who have not been there the longest that would be at greater risk, long term workers would receive much higher redundancy payments so its not really logical to force redundancy on them, though some may weigh up the idea and take voluntary redundancy. Interestingly we are told predominantly by the LibDems that leaving the EU will cost us millions of jobs and yet the EU rules and regulations which are a financial burden on factories up and down the country are forcing them to make these cost cutting measures. Marty Caine UKIP
  • Score: 2

10:03am Mon 14 Apr 14

calamity carney says...

Marty Caine UKIP wrote:
I would think that if Kerry foods are making redundancies as a cost cutting exercise then it would be those who have not been there the longest that would be at greater risk, long term workers would receive much higher redundancy payments so its not really logical to force redundancy on them, though some may weigh up the idea and take voluntary redundancy.

Interestingly we are told predominantly by the LibDems that leaving the EU will cost us millions of jobs and yet the EU rules and regulations which are a financial burden on factories up and down the country are forcing them to make these cost cutting measures.
No the job losses are down to osbornes mismanagement of the economy. Estimated £15 billion lost in tax each year through off shoring!
[quote][p][bold]Marty Caine UKIP[/bold] wrote: I would think that if Kerry foods are making redundancies as a cost cutting exercise then it would be those who have not been there the longest that would be at greater risk, long term workers would receive much higher redundancy payments so its not really logical to force redundancy on them, though some may weigh up the idea and take voluntary redundancy. Interestingly we are told predominantly by the LibDems that leaving the EU will cost us millions of jobs and yet the EU rules and regulations which are a financial burden on factories up and down the country are forcing them to make these cost cutting measures.[/p][/quote]No the job losses are down to osbornes mismanagement of the economy. Estimated £15 billion lost in tax each year through off shoring! calamity carney
  • Score: -1

10:13am Mon 14 Apr 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Does anyone know the current ratio of E.U migrant V British workers that are employed at the factory ?
Does anyone know the current ratio of E.U migrant V British workers that are employed at the factory ? Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 20

10:44am Mon 14 Apr 14

nickynoodah says...

user_name wrote:
nickynoodah wrote:
bigtoe please don't mock huey he try's hard at times
get back in your damp bed and cheer up if that's possible
don't be a mullet head .
I don't think there are many left that care about your comments any more. They have got repetitive and boring. Feel free to troll somewhere else.
Your doing it again George be a nice george
don't talk pie in the sky
you sound daft.
[quote][p][bold]user_name[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: bigtoe please don't mock huey he try's hard at times get back in your damp bed and cheer up if that's possible don't be a mullet head .[/p][/quote]I don't think there are many left that care about your comments any more. They have got repetitive and boring. Feel free to troll somewhere else.[/p][/quote]Your doing it again George be a nice george don't talk pie in the sky you sound daft. nickynoodah
  • Score: -19

11:20am Mon 14 Apr 14

kangaroo_joey says...

I dont know exact percentages but do know that over 50% of the workforce is eastern european and yes I do know someone that works there
I dont know exact percentages but do know that over 50% of the workforce is eastern european and yes I do know someone that works there kangaroo_joey
  • Score: 18

11:26am Mon 14 Apr 14

Arthur Maureen says...

Nickynoodah, hiding behind a moronic name, Arthur Maureen much better but don't steal it you ****.
Nickynoodah, hiding behind a moronic name, Arthur Maureen much better but don't steal it you ****. Arthur Maureen
  • Score: -1

11:28am Mon 14 Apr 14

strippervicar says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
Does anyone know the current ratio of E.U migrant V British workers that are employed at the factory ?
and what relevance would that current ratio hold?
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: Does anyone know the current ratio of E.U migrant V British workers that are employed at the factory ?[/p][/quote]and what relevance would that current ratio hold? strippervicar
  • Score: 4

11:49am Mon 14 Apr 14

AndreiD says...

Marty UKIP,
Because of the "bloody EU" all these people don't get only 1 day notice about redundancy, but 45 days.
Well I mean EU wanted to be 90 days but because it was a "burden" on the company Tory reduce it to 45 days.
So yeah...."bloody EU" trying to protect the workers....
Marty UKIP, Because of the "bloody EU" all these people don't get only 1 day notice about redundancy, but 45 days. Well I mean EU wanted to be 90 days but because it was a "burden" on the company Tory reduce it to 45 days. So yeah...."bloody EU" trying to protect the workers.... AndreiD
  • Score: 16

11:53am Mon 14 Apr 14

Gingertree says...

Maybe if the company tried employing full/part time staff instead of paying exoberant agency fees They wouldn't need to make so many people redundant
Maybe if the company tried employing full/part time staff instead of paying exoberant agency fees They wouldn't need to make so many people redundant Gingertree
  • Score: 25

12:38pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

CzarnaOffca wrote:
As a matter of true it's more than 150 roles. The second thing: amount of people working at the site is not 860, far different. And yes, a lot of immigrants are employed there, but do you know why? Because Brits when they sign up to shift the first time can keep up only to the first tea break. After they go home and never turn up. They say " Ohhhh, it's such hard work here........." . Yes, it is! But if many of us stay there 5 years or more, it means that our work ethos and moral standards are much higher.

At the end: competition on the market, increasing costs and so on those are ****. Real reasons of failure are different and you, guys from Echo should talk with some more people working there, they will tell you the truth.
Many years ago I actually worked at Millers, that is what it was called before it became Kerry Foods, I went there when I was laid off as a welder just before Christmas one year and as I had had a family I needed to earn, the money wasn't great but I did work double shifts. So saying Brits are lazy is about as truthful as saying working at Kerry Foods is hard work, both are totally nonsense statements! In fact it used to be quite a fun place to work, your comment gives me the impression that is no longer the case.
[quote][p][bold]CzarnaOffca[/bold] wrote: As a matter of true it's more than 150 roles. The second thing: amount of people working at the site is not 860, far different. And yes, a lot of immigrants are employed there, but do you know why? Because Brits when they sign up to shift the first time can keep up only to the first tea break. After they go home and never turn up. They say " Ohhhh, it's such hard work here........." . Yes, it is! But if many of us stay there 5 years or more, it means that our work ethos and moral standards are much higher. At the end: competition on the market, increasing costs and so on those are ****. Real reasons of failure are different and you, guys from Echo should talk with some more people working there, they will tell you the truth.[/p][/quote]Many years ago I actually worked at Millers, that is what it was called before it became Kerry Foods, I went there when I was laid off as a welder just before Christmas one year and as I had had a family I needed to earn, the money wasn't great but I did work double shifts. So saying Brits are lazy is about as truthful as saying working at Kerry Foods is hard work, both are totally nonsense statements! In fact it used to be quite a fun place to work, your comment gives me the impression that is no longer the case. Marty Caine UKIP
  • Score: 7

12:50pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

AndreiD wrote:
Marty UKIP,
Because of the "bloody EU" all these people don't get only 1 day notice about redundancy, but 45 days.
Well I mean EU wanted to be 90 days but because it was a "burden" on the company Tory reduce it to 45 days.
So yeah...."bloody EU" trying to protect the workers....
Hi AndreiD, I suppose as shop steward at Kerry Foods you are probably the best person to answer that question on percentage of migrant workers, I did notice you chose not to give an answer on that.

But let me just clarify what I meant about the EU, their regulations have dramatically increased the running costs of British companies not just in hiked up energy charges because of climate change fears but things like the everyday running of transport departments and vehicle maintenance, these are all things that diversely affect the profit margins for any company and because of this they are forced to make cut backs like they are doing now at Kerry Foods and many other places throughout the whole of Europe. Ford Transit in Swaythling closed down and moved to Turkey because it was cheaper for Ford to run a factory there than it is here in Britain, amazingly the EU loaned Ford the money to do this, hows that for protecting the workers then?
[quote][p][bold]AndreiD[/bold] wrote: Marty UKIP, Because of the "bloody EU" all these people don't get only 1 day notice about redundancy, but 45 days. Well I mean EU wanted to be 90 days but because it was a "burden" on the company Tory reduce it to 45 days. So yeah...."bloody EU" trying to protect the workers....[/p][/quote]Hi AndreiD, I suppose as shop steward at Kerry Foods you are probably the best person to answer that question on percentage of migrant workers, I did notice you chose not to give an answer on that. But let me just clarify what I meant about the EU, their regulations have dramatically increased the running costs of British companies not just in hiked up energy charges because of climate change fears but things like the everyday running of transport departments and vehicle maintenance, these are all things that diversely affect the profit margins for any company and because of this they are forced to make cut backs like they are doing now at Kerry Foods and many other places throughout the whole of Europe. Ford Transit in Swaythling closed down and moved to Turkey because it was cheaper for Ford to run a factory there than it is here in Britain, amazingly the EU loaned Ford the money to do this, hows that for protecting the workers then? Marty Caine UKIP
  • Score: 4

12:52pm Mon 14 Apr 14

kangaroo_joey says...

Marty Caine UKIP wrote:
CzarnaOffca wrote: As a matter of true it's more than 150 roles. The second thing: amount of people working at the site is not 860, far different. And yes, a lot of immigrants are employed there, but do you know why? Because Brits when they sign up to shift the first time can keep up only to the first tea break. After they go home and never turn up. They say " Ohhhh, it's such hard work here........." . Yes, it is! But if many of us stay there 5 years or more, it means that our work ethos and moral standards are much higher. At the end: competition on the market, increasing costs and so on those are ****. Real reasons of failure are different and you, guys from Echo should talk with some more people working there, they will tell you the truth.
Many years ago I actually worked at Millers, that is what it was called before it became Kerry Foods, I went there when I was laid off as a welder just before Christmas one year and as I had had a family I needed to earn, the money wasn't great but I did work double shifts. So saying Brits are lazy is about as truthful as saying working at Kerry Foods is hard work, both are totally nonsense statements! In fact it used to be quite a fun place to work, your comment gives me the impression that is no longer the case.
If you call pushing 6ft high metal racks full of pies etc over 10 miles a day not hard work I would love to know your definition of hardwork! And knowing an english person that works there, he always comments how its only the british there that walk out after a day so I couldnt agree more with CzarnaOffca
[quote][p][bold]Marty Caine UKIP[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CzarnaOffca[/bold] wrote: As a matter of true it's more than 150 roles. The second thing: amount of people working at the site is not 860, far different. And yes, a lot of immigrants are employed there, but do you know why? Because Brits when they sign up to shift the first time can keep up only to the first tea break. After they go home and never turn up. They say " Ohhhh, it's such hard work here........." . Yes, it is! But if many of us stay there 5 years or more, it means that our work ethos and moral standards are much higher. At the end: competition on the market, increasing costs and so on those are ****. Real reasons of failure are different and you, guys from Echo should talk with some more people working there, they will tell you the truth.[/p][/quote]Many years ago I actually worked at Millers, that is what it was called before it became Kerry Foods, I went there when I was laid off as a welder just before Christmas one year and as I had had a family I needed to earn, the money wasn't great but I did work double shifts. So saying Brits are lazy is about as truthful as saying working at Kerry Foods is hard work, both are totally nonsense statements! In fact it used to be quite a fun place to work, your comment gives me the impression that is no longer the case.[/p][/quote]If you call pushing 6ft high metal racks full of pies etc over 10 miles a day not hard work I would love to know your definition of hardwork! And knowing an english person that works there, he always comments how its only the british there that walk out after a day so I couldnt agree more with CzarnaOffca kangaroo_joey
  • Score: 6

1:10pm Mon 14 Apr 14

AndreiD says...

Marty Caine UKIP wrote:
AndreiD wrote:
Marty UKIP,
Because of the "bloody EU" all these people don't get only 1 day notice about redundancy, but 45 days.
Well I mean EU wanted to be 90 days but because it was a "burden" on the company Tory reduce it to 45 days.
So yeah...."bloody EU" trying to protect the workers....
Hi AndreiD, I suppose as shop steward at Kerry Foods you are probably the best person to answer that question on percentage of migrant workers, I did notice you chose not to give an answer on that.

But let me just clarify what I meant about the EU, their regulations have dramatically increased the running costs of British companies not just in hiked up energy charges because of climate change fears but things like the everyday running of transport departments and vehicle maintenance, these are all things that diversely affect the profit margins for any company and because of this they are forced to make cut backs like they are doing now at Kerry Foods and many other places throughout the whole of Europe. Ford Transit in Swaythling closed down and moved to Turkey because it was cheaper for Ford to run a factory there than it is here in Britain, amazingly the EU loaned Ford the money to do this, hows that for protecting the workers then?
I choose not to answer because is not a relevant question. For me it matters only that 150 (as stated by the Echo) workers will lose their jobs. As a shop steward I care about my members irrespective of their nationality.
As for the EU let's not seek a political score on the misery of the 150 families....shall we?
[quote][p][bold]Marty Caine UKIP[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AndreiD[/bold] wrote: Marty UKIP, Because of the "bloody EU" all these people don't get only 1 day notice about redundancy, but 45 days. Well I mean EU wanted to be 90 days but because it was a "burden" on the company Tory reduce it to 45 days. So yeah...."bloody EU" trying to protect the workers....[/p][/quote]Hi AndreiD, I suppose as shop steward at Kerry Foods you are probably the best person to answer that question on percentage of migrant workers, I did notice you chose not to give an answer on that. But let me just clarify what I meant about the EU, their regulations have dramatically increased the running costs of British companies not just in hiked up energy charges because of climate change fears but things like the everyday running of transport departments and vehicle maintenance, these are all things that diversely affect the profit margins for any company and because of this they are forced to make cut backs like they are doing now at Kerry Foods and many other places throughout the whole of Europe. Ford Transit in Swaythling closed down and moved to Turkey because it was cheaper for Ford to run a factory there than it is here in Britain, amazingly the EU loaned Ford the money to do this, hows that for protecting the workers then?[/p][/quote]I choose not to answer because is not a relevant question. For me it matters only that 150 (as stated by the Echo) workers will lose their jobs. As a shop steward I care about my members irrespective of their nationality. As for the EU let's not seek a political score on the misery of the 150 families....shall we? AndreiD
  • Score: 3

1:18pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

kangaroo_joey wrote:
Marty Caine UKIP wrote:
CzarnaOffca wrote: As a matter of true it's more than 150 roles. The second thing: amount of people working at the site is not 860, far different. And yes, a lot of immigrants are employed there, but do you know why? Because Brits when they sign up to shift the first time can keep up only to the first tea break. After they go home and never turn up. They say " Ohhhh, it's such hard work here........." . Yes, it is! But if many of us stay there 5 years or more, it means that our work ethos and moral standards are much higher. At the end: competition on the market, increasing costs and so on those are ****. Real reasons of failure are different and you, guys from Echo should talk with some more people working there, they will tell you the truth.
Many years ago I actually worked at Millers, that is what it was called before it became Kerry Foods, I went there when I was laid off as a welder just before Christmas one year and as I had had a family I needed to earn, the money wasn't great but I did work double shifts. So saying Brits are lazy is about as truthful as saying working at Kerry Foods is hard work, both are totally nonsense statements! In fact it used to be quite a fun place to work, your comment gives me the impression that is no longer the case.
If you call pushing 6ft high metal racks full of pies etc over 10 miles a day not hard work I would love to know your definition of hardwork! And knowing an english person that works there, he always comments how its only the british there that walk out after a day so I couldnt agree more with CzarnaOffca
I actually found carrying oxy acetylene bottles on my shoulder over building sites far harder than pushing a trolley full of pies through a factory and I have actually done both. Maybe there is some other reason why Brits walk out, would be interesting to hear from someone who has actually done so.
[quote][p][bold]kangaroo_joey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Marty Caine UKIP[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CzarnaOffca[/bold] wrote: As a matter of true it's more than 150 roles. The second thing: amount of people working at the site is not 860, far different. And yes, a lot of immigrants are employed there, but do you know why? Because Brits when they sign up to shift the first time can keep up only to the first tea break. After they go home and never turn up. They say " Ohhhh, it's such hard work here........." . Yes, it is! But if many of us stay there 5 years or more, it means that our work ethos and moral standards are much higher. At the end: competition on the market, increasing costs and so on those are ****. Real reasons of failure are different and you, guys from Echo should talk with some more people working there, they will tell you the truth.[/p][/quote]Many years ago I actually worked at Millers, that is what it was called before it became Kerry Foods, I went there when I was laid off as a welder just before Christmas one year and as I had had a family I needed to earn, the money wasn't great but I did work double shifts. So saying Brits are lazy is about as truthful as saying working at Kerry Foods is hard work, both are totally nonsense statements! In fact it used to be quite a fun place to work, your comment gives me the impression that is no longer the case.[/p][/quote]If you call pushing 6ft high metal racks full of pies etc over 10 miles a day not hard work I would love to know your definition of hardwork! And knowing an english person that works there, he always comments how its only the british there that walk out after a day so I couldnt agree more with CzarnaOffca[/p][/quote]I actually found carrying oxy acetylene bottles on my shoulder over building sites far harder than pushing a trolley full of pies through a factory and I have actually done both. Maybe there is some other reason why Brits walk out, would be interesting to hear from someone who has actually done so. Marty Caine UKIP
  • Score: 4

1:37pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

AndreiD wrote:
Marty Caine UKIP wrote:
AndreiD wrote:
Marty UKIP,
Because of the "bloody EU" all these people don't get only 1 day notice about redundancy, but 45 days.
Well I mean EU wanted to be 90 days but because it was a "burden" on the company Tory reduce it to 45 days.
So yeah...."bloody EU" trying to protect the workers....
Hi AndreiD, I suppose as shop steward at Kerry Foods you are probably the best person to answer that question on percentage of migrant workers, I did notice you chose not to give an answer on that.

But let me just clarify what I meant about the EU, their regulations have dramatically increased the running costs of British companies not just in hiked up energy charges because of climate change fears but things like the everyday running of transport departments and vehicle maintenance, these are all things that diversely affect the profit margins for any company and because of this they are forced to make cut backs like they are doing now at Kerry Foods and many other places throughout the whole of Europe. Ford Transit in Swaythling closed down and moved to Turkey because it was cheaper for Ford to run a factory there than it is here in Britain, amazingly the EU loaned Ford the money to do this, hows that for protecting the workers then?
I choose not to answer because is not a relevant question. For me it matters only that 150 (as stated by the Echo) workers will lose their jobs. As a shop steward I care about my members irrespective of their nationality.
As for the EU let's not seek a political score on the misery of the 150 families....shall we?
The question was obviously relevant to the person who asked it and I would have thought you were in the best position to answer it, I have heard its about 80% but then that is only hearsay. As for political point scoring, the EU is certainly relevant in the rising costs for businesses but as that goes against the Labour agenda I am not surprised that you would prefer for it not to be mentioned. I personally, would prefer for people to fully understand why they are being made redundant.
[quote][p][bold]AndreiD[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Marty Caine UKIP[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AndreiD[/bold] wrote: Marty UKIP, Because of the "bloody EU" all these people don't get only 1 day notice about redundancy, but 45 days. Well I mean EU wanted to be 90 days but because it was a "burden" on the company Tory reduce it to 45 days. So yeah...."bloody EU" trying to protect the workers....[/p][/quote]Hi AndreiD, I suppose as shop steward at Kerry Foods you are probably the best person to answer that question on percentage of migrant workers, I did notice you chose not to give an answer on that. But let me just clarify what I meant about the EU, their regulations have dramatically increased the running costs of British companies not just in hiked up energy charges because of climate change fears but things like the everyday running of transport departments and vehicle maintenance, these are all things that diversely affect the profit margins for any company and because of this they are forced to make cut backs like they are doing now at Kerry Foods and many other places throughout the whole of Europe. Ford Transit in Swaythling closed down and moved to Turkey because it was cheaper for Ford to run a factory there than it is here in Britain, amazingly the EU loaned Ford the money to do this, hows that for protecting the workers then?[/p][/quote]I choose not to answer because is not a relevant question. For me it matters only that 150 (as stated by the Echo) workers will lose their jobs. As a shop steward I care about my members irrespective of their nationality. As for the EU let's not seek a political score on the misery of the 150 families....shall we?[/p][/quote]The question was obviously relevant to the person who asked it and I would have thought you were in the best position to answer it, I have heard its about 80% but then that is only hearsay. As for political point scoring, the EU is certainly relevant in the rising costs for businesses but as that goes against the Labour agenda I am not surprised that you would prefer for it not to be mentioned. I personally, would prefer for people to fully understand why they are being made redundant. Marty Caine UKIP
  • Score: 2

3:04pm Mon 14 Apr 14

AndreiD says...

Marty UKIP,
People are being made redundant because of the monetary system. What people seems to forget is that the monetary system is not broken is working like it should. Make a lot of monies and don't care about other people or the environment.
How about the the low cost of the individual (e.g. low roaming fee, the social agenda, the freedom to choose were you live, the legal right to have a decent life)? But since all of these are against the UKIP agenda of course you don't want to discuss them.
Look up on the http://uniteinkerry.
org website and see the "rising costs to businesses" and show it to me please. Because I've been working this company for 10 years now and I don't see it. However I can see a safer workplace. A good company will always make a profit as long as they think about the workforce.

just for the record check my policy http://andreidudau.c
o.uk/SMP.php
Marty UKIP, People are being made redundant because of the monetary system. What people seems to forget is that the monetary system is not broken is working like it should. Make a lot of monies and don't care about other people or the environment. How about the the low cost of the individual (e.g. low roaming fee, the social agenda, the freedom to choose were you live, the legal right to have a decent life)? But since all of these are against the UKIP agenda of course you don't want to discuss them. Look up on the http://uniteinkerry. org website and see the "rising costs to businesses" and show it to me please. Because I've been working this company for 10 years now and I don't see it. However I can see a safer workplace. A good company will always make a profit as long as they think about the workforce. just for the record check my policy http://andreidudau.c o.uk/SMP.php AndreiD
  • Score: 0

3:41pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

kangaroo_joey wrote:
I dont know exact percentages but do know that over 50% of the workforce is eastern european and yes I do know someone that works there
Then surely some illegalality has gone on here. Migrant workers do not make up anywhere near that amount of the general population, maybe around 5% at a guess.

So, therefore, I conclude that the factory owners have been biasedly discrimminating againt British workers in favour of employing foreign workers.

I shall complaining to the Government forthwith. Henceforth.
[quote][p][bold]kangaroo_joey[/bold] wrote: I dont know exact percentages but do know that over 50% of the workforce is eastern european and yes I do know someone that works there[/p][/quote]Then surely some illegalality has gone on here. Migrant workers do not make up anywhere near that amount of the general population, maybe around 5% at a guess. So, therefore, I conclude that the factory owners have been biasedly discrimminating againt British workers in favour of employing foreign workers. I shall complaining to the Government forthwith. Henceforth. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 2

4:21pm Mon 14 Apr 14

nickynoodah says...

Any one remember Dulcie Duckett on the twilight shift or Flossie Moss the cleaner who lived above the fish and chip shop, and the short cut across the railway line that led to Fizzers playing field, those where the days you know.
Any one remember Dulcie Duckett on the twilight shift or Flossie Moss the cleaner who lived above the fish and chip shop, and the short cut across the railway line that led to Fizzers playing field, those where the days you know. nickynoodah
  • Score: -6

4:33pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

AndreiD wrote:
Marty UKIP,
People are being made redundant because of the monetary system. What people seems to forget is that the monetary system is not broken is working like it should. Make a lot of monies and don't care about other people or the environment.
How about the the low cost of the individual (e.g. low roaming fee, the social agenda, the freedom to choose were you live, the legal right to have a decent life)? But since all of these are against the UKIP agenda of course you don't want to discuss them.
Look up on the http://uniteinkerry.

org website and see the "rising costs to businesses" and show it to me please. Because I've been working this company for 10 years now and I don't see it. However I can see a safer workplace. A good company will always make a profit as long as they think about the workforce.

just for the record check my policy http://andreidudau.c

o.uk/SMP.php
Why on earth do you think that UKIP are against people having a decent life? Do you think that putting the people of your own country first is in someway wrong? You are from Romania, who gained the freedom of movement rights on Jan 1st this year, yet here you are bragging about working for Kerry Foods for the past ten years, I guess the restrictions were not actually that restrictive then were they. I know you even stood as a Labour councillor back in 2011 in the Oakdale Ward, still not sure how that was legally possible on a SBS visa but hey oh. By suggesting I look up your policies I can only presume you will be standing again, good luck with that. I will watch with interest.

The topic here is about Kerry Foods laying off 150 staff in a costs cutting exercise and I say that this is due to the ever increasing costs imposed on companies due to EU regulations, right across the board. YOu are shop steward there as the management if I am wrong about that. Yes of course there are those that will shout but the EU is good because of roaming charges but I see that as nothing more of a sign of naievity, it's a miniscule sweetener compared to the overall costs involved and I for one do not want to see this country ending up in the same economic mess as places like Spain and Greece.
[quote][p][bold]AndreiD[/bold] wrote: Marty UKIP, People are being made redundant because of the monetary system. What people seems to forget is that the monetary system is not broken is working like it should. Make a lot of monies and don't care about other people or the environment. How about the the low cost of the individual (e.g. low roaming fee, the social agenda, the freedom to choose were you live, the legal right to have a decent life)? But since all of these are against the UKIP agenda of course you don't want to discuss them. Look up on the http://uniteinkerry. org website and see the "rising costs to businesses" and show it to me please. Because I've been working this company for 10 years now and I don't see it. However I can see a safer workplace. A good company will always make a profit as long as they think about the workforce. just for the record check my policy http://andreidudau.c o.uk/SMP.php[/p][/quote]Why on earth do you think that UKIP are against people having a decent life? Do you think that putting the people of your own country first is in someway wrong? You are from Romania, who gained the freedom of movement rights on Jan 1st this year, yet here you are bragging about working for Kerry Foods for the past ten years, I guess the restrictions were not actually that restrictive then were they. I know you even stood as a Labour councillor back in 2011 in the Oakdale Ward, still not sure how that was legally possible on a SBS visa but hey oh. By suggesting I look up your policies I can only presume you will be standing again, good luck with that. I will watch with interest. The topic here is about Kerry Foods laying off 150 staff in a costs cutting exercise and I say that this is due to the ever increasing costs imposed on companies due to EU regulations, right across the board. YOu are shop steward there as the management if I am wrong about that. Yes of course there are those that will shout but the EU is good because of roaming charges but I see that as nothing more of a sign of naievity, it's a miniscule sweetener compared to the overall costs involved and I for one do not want to see this country ending up in the same economic mess as places like Spain and Greece. Marty Caine UKIP
  • Score: 7

5:28pm Mon 14 Apr 14

zigzags says...

CzarnaOffca wrote:
As a matter of true it's more than 150 roles. The second thing: amount of people working at the site is not 860, far different. And yes, a lot of immigrants are employed there, but do you know why? Because Brits when they sign up to shift the first time can keep up only to the first tea break. After they go home and never turn up. They say " Ohhhh, it's such hard work here........." . Yes, it is! But if many of us stay there 5 years or more, it means that our work ethos and moral standards are much higher.

At the end: competition on the market, increasing costs and so on those are ****. Real reasons of failure are different and you, guys from Echo should talk with some more people working there, they will tell you the truth.
You are obviously from outside the Uk and have come here to work. I applaud you for that but I am sick of people saying that Brits are lazy! We as a nation have built a huge economy far outweighing our population and physical size. it was built on HARD WORK over many centuries by the indigenous population and a vast array of immigrants....most of us are descendants of some form of immigration. The reason so many people have arrived here and continue to do so is because of all the hard work that people have put in. It is a fantastic place to live and I wish you well but please do not label us all LAZY as it is offensive.
[quote][p][bold]CzarnaOffca[/bold] wrote: As a matter of true it's more than 150 roles. The second thing: amount of people working at the site is not 860, far different. And yes, a lot of immigrants are employed there, but do you know why? Because Brits when they sign up to shift the first time can keep up only to the first tea break. After they go home and never turn up. They say " Ohhhh, it's such hard work here........." . Yes, it is! But if many of us stay there 5 years or more, it means that our work ethos and moral standards are much higher. At the end: competition on the market, increasing costs and so on those are ****. Real reasons of failure are different and you, guys from Echo should talk with some more people working there, they will tell you the truth.[/p][/quote]You are obviously from outside the Uk and have come here to work. I applaud you for that but I am sick of people saying that Brits are lazy! We as a nation have built a huge economy far outweighing our population and physical size. it was built on HARD WORK over many centuries by the indigenous population and a vast array of immigrants....most of us are descendants of some form of immigration. The reason so many people have arrived here and continue to do so is because of all the hard work that people have put in. It is a fantastic place to live and I wish you well but please do not label us all LAZY as it is offensive. zigzags
  • Score: 8

7:14pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Yankee1 says...

Does Kerry produce good food?
Does Kerry produce good food? Yankee1
  • Score: 7

7:59pm Mon 14 Apr 14

cromwell9 says...

AndreiD wrote:
Marty UKIP,
Because of the "bloody EU" all these people don't get only 1 day notice about redundancy, but 45 days.
Well I mean EU wanted to be 90 days but because it was a "burden" on the company Tory reduce it to 45 days.
So yeah...."bloody EU" trying to protect the workers....
EU or no EU 150 staff are going to loose their jobs,and a pay packet,
With all the cheap labour around,Their employment prospects will be grim.
[quote][p][bold]AndreiD[/bold] wrote: Marty UKIP, Because of the "bloody EU" all these people don't get only 1 day notice about redundancy, but 45 days. Well I mean EU wanted to be 90 days but because it was a "burden" on the company Tory reduce it to 45 days. So yeah...."bloody EU" trying to protect the workers....[/p][/quote]EU or no EU 150 staff are going to loose their jobs,and a pay packet, With all the cheap labour around,Their employment prospects will be grim. cromwell9
  • Score: 1

5:59pm Tue 15 Apr 14

zigzags says...

CzarnaOffca seems to be very anti British!!
CzarnaOffca seems to be very anti British!! zigzags
  • Score: 3

11:55pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

CzarnaOffca wrote: "and always he says that we are much higher in EVERYTHING than Brits. "

If that is really the truth then answer me one simple question.... Why are you here in Britain and not back in your own so wonderful country?
I am truly curious.
CzarnaOffca wrote: "and always he says that we are much higher in EVERYTHING than Brits. " If that is really the truth then answer me one simple question.... Why are you here in Britain and not back in your own so wonderful country? I am truly curious. Marty Caine UKIP
  • Score: 3

9:42am Wed 16 Apr 14

Sponge_bob says...

Now do you see Andrei D why British people refuse to join the Union? A Shop Steward of Unite has labelled us 'Lazy' 'Uneducated' 'Disrespectful to our elderly'' she's even attacked single mother's some of which do work at Kerry Foods.

CzarnaOffCa is a racist plain and simple and I told you this last year.

I echo Marty Caine question

If Poland is so great and everything better than the UK and you have this amazing education why are you living and working here and and in a pie factory? Its a bit strange considering you dont like the way we live and work...
Now do you see Andrei D why British people refuse to join the Union? A Shop Steward of Unite has labelled us 'Lazy' 'Uneducated' 'Disrespectful to our elderly'' she's even attacked single mother's some of which do work at Kerry Foods. CzarnaOffCa is a racist plain and simple and I told you this last year. I echo Marty Caine question If Poland is so great and everything better than the UK and you have this amazing education why are you living and working here and and in a pie factory? Its a bit strange considering you dont like the way we live and work... Sponge_bob
  • Score: 2

9:51am Wed 16 Apr 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

The 150 should all me e.u migrant workers and sent back home. The British should not be made redundant where there is a choice between keeping a British worker of a foreigner. Go home, you are ruining this country.
The 150 should all me e.u migrant workers and sent back home. The British should not be made redundant where there is a choice between keeping a British worker of a foreigner. Go home, you are ruining this country. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 1

9:53am Wed 16 Apr 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Spelling corrected.

The 150 should all be e.u migrant workers and sent back home. The British should not be made redundant where there is a choice between keeping a British worker or a foreigner. Go home, you are ruining this country.
Spelling corrected. The 150 should all be e.u migrant workers and sent back home. The British should not be made redundant where there is a choice between keeping a British worker or a foreigner. Go home, you are ruining this country. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 1

12:16pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Sponge_bob says...

I'd also like to ask CznaraOffCa does she use our wonderful NHS?, Or does she use her self proclaimed better 'Polish healthcare' ?
I'd also like to ask CznaraOffCa does she use our wonderful NHS?, Or does she use her self proclaimed better 'Polish healthcare' ? Sponge_bob
  • Score: 0

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