THERE has been a partial victory in the battle to save jobs at the Kellogg’s factory in Wrexham.
In January it was announced Kellogg’s was proposing to axe 140 job at its industrial estate site. But following consultation with staff representatives, those losses have been reduced to 79 jobs with redundancies made on a purely voluntary basis.
But Kellogg’s has stressed there is still work to be done to make its factory more efficient, with further consultations held.
Dave Gill, Usdaw’s national officer representing Kellogg’s workers, said: “Although this has been a challenging time for our members, we are pleased that through effective consultation and good industrial relations, we have been able to significantly reduce the proposed job losses.
“We believe the Wrexham plant is now set up for the future in the best possible way.
“There was an over subscription of volunteers for redundancies, so we have agreed with Kellogg’s that all employees who applied for voluntary redundancy or early retirement will be able to leave and there will no compulsory redundancies.
“This means 26 people are leaving in addition to the 79 redundant roles. Kellogg’s are now recruiting to replace the 26 additional people who have chosen to leave.
“At the start of a 90-day consultation period our priority was to save jobs, maximise employment on the site and ensure that if any staff have to leave they do so on a voluntary or early retirement basis. We have gone a long way towards achieving that.”
A spokesman for Kellogg’s said consultation began in January.
“The first part of this consultation, with hourly-paid employees, has now closed,” they added. “Working with Usdaw and Unite, we agreed a reduction of 79 roles and we can confirm these are being made redundant – each on a voluntary basis. In fact we were oversubscribed with volunteers.
“So, again working closely with the unions, we have agreed to allow all those employees who applied for voluntary redundancy or early retirement to leave. This means 26 people are leaving in addition to the 79 redundant roles.
“We are now recruiting to replace the 26 additional people who are going. We have agreed with the unions people coming into these roles will be on new terms and conditions.
“There is still more work to be done to make our Wrexham factory more efficient and that’s why we are now starting consultation with our salaried employees, with potentially up to 20 roles affected from among this group.
“In total, we expect to have just under 100 fewer roles in our Wrexham manufacturing facility at the end of consultation.”