Unite has called for urgent talks with the bosses of Premier Foods following the announcement it will cut 900 jobs from its bread division.
Unite, the country’s largest union, has more than 2,500 members across all divisions of Premier Foods
Unite national officer for food and drink Jennie Formby said: “The joint trade unions are calling for an urgent national meeting with Premier Foods’ management to discuss the implications of today’s announcement which is a devastating blow for the 900 workers, their families and the local communities in west London and Birmingham.”
She added: “This is just another stage in the disaster story that has been Premier Foods over recent years, which has consistently struggled ever since its decision to buy Hovis in 2006.
“At the time, this strategy was described as ‘doomed’ by some analysts and it has resulted in the company being saddled with massive debts.
“Management claims the job losses are as a result of ‘competition and wheat prices’, but the reality is that our members are continuing to pay the heavy price of Premier’s failure to make a success of the business and we remain extremely concerned about the future of the remaining business.”