Bak­ery jobs un­der threat

Worry for staff af­ter an­nounce­ment puts up to 100 at risk in re­struc­tur­ing plans

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

The work­force at Greggs bak­ery in Cam­bus­lang could be al­most halved as union rep­re­sen­ta­tives say up to 100 jobs are un­der threat.

Bosses at Greggs’ told staff at the firm’s flag­ship bak­ery in Cly­desmill In­dus­trial Es­tate that a ma­jor re­struc­ture would re­sult in dozens of jobs go­ing over the next two years.

The re­struc­ture will see the Cam­bus­lang bak­ery be­come a cen­tre of ex­cel­lence for sweet bakes, specif­i­cally Bel­gian buns and yum yums.

Bread, cur­rently made on the night shift, donuts, made on the back shift and the con­fec­tionary line, which makes cakes and bis­cuits for lo­cal out­lets, will be scrapped.

A Greggs source told the Re­former the news came as a sur­prise to most work­ers: “Staff were in­formed on Wed­nes­day morn­ing that there was go­ing to be 50 full time roles go­ing, but that could equate to 100 part time roles, that would be dis­ap­pear­ing from Cam­bus­lang.

“I kind of saw this com­ing, but a lot of the work­ers didn’t. You could al­ways maybe see the bread dis­ap­pear­ing. But the likes of the donuts and cakes? That’s come as a shock.”

He added: “There’s talk about in­vest­ing in shops and mak­ing them look a lot bet­ter and maybe putting more staff in them, but I don’t think they will be do­ing it on that scale [where peo­ple in the fac­tory could be re­de­ployed to the shop floor].”

Staff at the Cam­bus­lang bak­ery have been asked to con­sider vol­un­tary re­dun­dancy, but some fear com­pul­sory re­dun­dan­cies could come into force in the nine to 24- month pe­riod in which the pro­duc­tion of goods is grad­u­ally phased out.

They want to see all staff, in­clud­ing tem­po­rary work­ers, get a fair deal.

Dave Gill, Us­daw na­tional of­fi­cer, said: “Greggs bak­ery staff are now very con­cerned about the fu­ture af­ter this an­nounce­ment.

“Us­daw will now en­ter into con­sul­ta­tion talks with the com­pany, where we will in­ter­ro­gate the busi­ness case for their pro­pos­als.

“Our pri­or­i­ties are to save as many jobs as pos­si­ble, max­imise em­ploy­ment in the busi­ness and seek the best pos­si­ble deal for our mem­bers. In the mean­time we are pro­vid­ing our mem­bers with the rep­re­sen­ta­tion, sup­port and ad­vice they need at this dif­fi­cult and un­cer­tain time.”

A spokes­woman for Greggs said: “Fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment in March 2016 re­gard­ing our planned £100 mil­lion in­vest­ment in our sup­ply chain over the next five years, we are now planning the next phase of this in­vest­ment.

“This will in­crease and re­shape our man­u­fac­tur­ing and dis­tri­bu­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties and en­able us to sup­port shop ex­pan­sion, sub­stan­tially more than 2000 shops, as we con­tinue to com­pete ef­fec­tively in the grow­ing food-on-the-go mar­ket.

“Our pro­posal is that Cly­desmill be­comes a com­bined dis­tri­bu­tion and pro­duc­tion cen­tre of ex­cel­lence with in­creased shop dis­tri­bu­tion ca­pac­ity for Scot­land and pro­duc­tion fo­cused on cer­tain prod­ucts.

“These pro­pos­als will cre­ate new jobs in shops, lo­gis­tics and dis­tri­bu­tion as we grow shop num­bers, how­ever there will be fewer jobs in man­u­fac­tur­ing. We have en­tered into a pe­riod of con­sul­ta­tion with our peo­ple re­gard­ing the pro­pos­als.”

You could maybe see the bread dis­ap­pear­ing – but donuts and cakes?... that’s a shock


Re­dun­dan­cies Around 100 jobs are un­der threat at Greggs

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