Weetabix to cut 30 more jobs

Cereal giant Weetabix has told staff it needs to make 30 voluntary redundancies

Cereal giant Weetabix has told staff it needs to make 30 voluntary redundancies

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Cereal giant Weetabix has told staff it needs to make 30 voluntary redundancies after a consultation about shift patterns earlier this year.

The news comes just a few weeks after the firm, which employs about 2,000 people at its sites in Burton Latimer and Corby, placed between 50 and 60 jobs in the firm’s industrial hygiene department at risk.

Those positions are spread over both the firm’s Corby site and its main factory in Burton Latimer and Weetabix said their jobs were being outsourced.

Talking about the latest set of redundancies, Giles Turrell, the company’s CEO, said: “It is seven years since we last offered voluntary redundancies and with the support of our trade union we’re hopeful this route will prove the least disruptive to our colleagues.”

When it launched the consultation about shift patterns earlier this year, Weetabix cited increasing pressure from supermarket own-label brands for the decision.

The firm said at the time it was hoping to avoid redundancies by instead reducing working hours.

Two years ago, 60 per cent of Weetabix was sold to the Chinese firm Bright Food in a deal reportedly worth £1.2bn.

A spokesman for the Usdaw union, which represents a number of staff at Weetabix, said it was in consultation with management at the firm.