Jobs aid pledge for 300 axed Flintshire workers

Reporter:

Lois Hough

HUNDREDS of workers who lost their jobs at a frozen food factory are to be helped back into work.

More than 300 workers at Headland Foods in Flint were dealt the devastating blow of redundancy on Wedesday after a 90-day consultation period to determine the future of the site.

The Castle Park factory, which produces two million ready meals a week at its factories in Flint and Grimsby, Lincolnshire, will close at the end of April.

The company, which was taken over by Irish giant Kerry Group in December, said it is making every effort to help workers find other jobs.

Kerry spokesman Frank Hayes said the firm was looking at possible redeployment at the company’s sister factory in Grimsby, as well as at Kerry Group plants at Hyde, near Manchester, and Burton-on-Trent.

Flintshire Council has also pledged its support to those affected.

Cllr Matt Wright, executive member for regeneration and tourism, said: “We have set up a partnership with Job Centre Plus and Careers North East Wales.

“This was in place before the Headland news and swung into action at the start of the 90-day period.

“It has given a wide range of advice and support and enabled us to liaise with other companies in the area about vacancies and opportunities.

“We will continue to explore all options to help employees.”

Flint councillor Alex Aldridge visited the factory on Wednesday after the news was broken to workers.

He said: “This is a significant loss of jobs and a huge personal loss too.

“I would expect that Flintshire Council has a strong team in place and will work with other national bodies to get these people new work and fast.

“They must pull out all the stops to ensure they can help the workers at Headland.”

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