Worksop: Solway Foods factory jobs ‘at risk’

Worksop factory Solway Foods has revealed one of its contracts will be brought under consultation amid claims that some workers could be facing redundancy.
Solway Foods Ltd, Manton Wood Business Park, Workop.Solway Foods Ltd, Manton Wood Business Park, Workop.
Solway Foods Ltd, Manton Wood Business Park, Workop.

A reader, who did not wish to be identified, contacted the Guardian claiming that part-time workers based at the factory could lose their jobs due to possible ‘financial difficulties’.

They said: “The jobs in question are mainly part-time quality assurance personnel.”

“Quality assurance is a vital part of the food industry, especially in recent times where the issue of food safety and standards have been a national issue.”

“There is speculation that the company is not doing too well.”

“Only recently, it announced the closure of Worksop’s sister plant in Corby with the loss of nine-hundred jobs.”

“However, it is hoped that some of these jobs may be saved by a company willing to buy the plant.”

“Some Worksop employees feel it’s only a matter of time before this plant will close.”

A spokesperson for 2 Sisters Food Group, of which Solway Foods is part of, said there would be a consultation but did not reveal whether jobs were at risk or not.

They said: “Solway Foods confirms that its current contract to supply sandwiches for a customer will be brought to a close by the end of October 2014.”

“Solway Foods is reviewing the impact of this on its business and is entering into a period of consultation with affected colleagues and their elected representatives.”

Solway Foods Worksop Factory is based at Manton Wood business park on Retford Road.

The 2 Sisters group is one of the UK’s largest food manufacturers, supplying chilled products like chilled ready meals, pizzas, soups, sandwiches and salads to customers including Tesco and Costa.

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