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Tulip to cut 150 jobs at Bodmin meat processing plant

FBR Staff Writer Published 04 June 2018

Tulip, a Denmark-based meat processing company, is axing 150 more jobs at its Bodmin meat processing plant in the Cornwall County in the UK.

The Danish Crown subsidiary is executing the move owing to a loss of business thereby leading to major decline in production volumes at the facility.

The announcement comes after the conclusion of a period of collective consultation from Tulip with employees and their representatives at the Bodmin meat processing plant.

Tulip, in a statement, said: “We have worked closely with our employees at Bodmin to help reduce the impact where possible and we have managed to successfully find alternative roles for a number of employees within the Danish Crown Group.

“Various employee support activities have also been taking place since the initial announcement was made.”

All the jobs set to be lost at the facility are related to meat processing.

The Bodmin meat processing factory in the past has seen a loss of 430 jobs, which takes the total redundancies in the recent times to nearly 600 within the last 18 months.

According to trade union Unite, Tulip had recently lost a contract with supermarket giant Tesco. After this, Tulip’s staff had agreed to a change of contracts to support the company, claimed Unite and now they are left disappointed to find their roles become redundant.

Unite regional officer Deborah Hopkins said: “These job losses are a body blow for the Cornish economy. Behind the picture postcard scenes, Cornwall has real pockets of deep deprivation. Bodmin has some of the most deprived wards in the country.

“It is because of this, Unite is urging the management at Bodmin to actively engage with us to chart a way forward at what is a hideously difficult time for the workers.”  

Apart from the Bodmin meat processing plant, Tulip has another site in Cornwall County, which is at Redruth.

Tulip, which was acquired by meat processing giant Danish Crown in 1998, manufactures bacon, meatballs, cold meat, sausages to go along with soups, ready-meals and canned products.

Image: Tulip’s Chopped Ham can. Photo: courtesy of TULIP FOOD COMPANY A/S.