Jobs at risk at Bernard Matthews

Over 50 jobs at a Bernard Matthews’ cooked meat plant are under threat, it was announced yesterday.

Hourly and salaried staff at the north plant in Great Witchingham, where around 100 people work, have entered a 30-day consultation period with the Norfolk poultry producer.

Human resources director Andrew Sherwood said: “As a company we are under intense pressure from external cost factors, such as the global price of grain. As a result we are constantly looking at ways of making the business better able to cope with the challenging and highly competitive economic environment. These structural changes are part of this process, as we continue to make the business as efficient as possible and ensure a sustainable future for the whole workforce.

“We have entered into consultation with affected staff, which may cause a degree of uncertainty for these individuals. To minimise this it is our intention to provide regular information updates throughout the process.”