EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

2 Sisters Food Group

Company/Organisation:
2 Sisters Food Group

Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s): Uttoxeter and Wakefield

Company

Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco products
10.72 - Manufacture of rusks and biscuits; manufacture of preserved pastry goods and cakes

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 20-03-2019
Planned Job Reductions min: 111
Planned Job Reductions max: 250
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Direct Dismissals: 34
Other Job Reduction Measures: 77

Additional Information

The 2 Sisters Food Group has announced plans to cut jobs at its sites in Uttoxeter and Wakefield. The Uttoxeter site employs 780 staff manufacturing Fox's Biscuits and 250 of these jobs will be cut. There are distribution centres in both Wakefield and Uttoxeter employing 63 staff and 50 of these jobs will be lost. The company has said that the cuts are necessary to ensure that the sites are viable in the longer-term. The statutory 45 day consultation with employees will begin soon. The Unite union has described the proposals as a 'massive blow' which 'will cause real economic pain'. There is no information yet on when the job losses are expected to take effect.

A previous restructuring took place in February 2018, when 800 jobs were lost, while 1,000 created.

Update 03/12/2019: In November 2019 the 2 Sisters Food Group has announced that after negotiation with the union only 111 people have been made redundant from the Fox’s Biscuits factory in Uttoxeter: 34 employees have been made compulsorily redundant and 77 workers took voluntary redundancy. In total, 41 manufacturing jobs have been saved in Uttoxeter.

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