Grampian Country Food Group has suffered a week of unrest, punctuated by news it was to close a factory with the loss of 330 jobs and the threat of strike action over pensions.
Nearly 900 production workers voted on a possible strike this week, with both TGWU and Amicus stepping into the dispute. It centres on claims that Grampian has not consulted the workforce over its plans, which, the unions say, would effectively end final salary pension schemes. Workers took part in a consultative ballot, which, if successful, will lead to a full vote for strike action.
The proposed closure of its Buckie factory in Morayshire, Scotland, coincides with a £16m redevelopment of its pork processing factory in Broxburn, near Edinburgh.
Although the expansion will create 200 jobs, staff are unlikely to relocate because of distance, said Usdaw deputy divisional officer for Scotland, Lawrence Wason. Wason, who put forward a plan to reverse the management’s decision, said: “The management have said the location of the site means there is no room for expansion, and the closure is part of their ongoing business review.”
Grampian spokesman Alasdair Cox said: “We’re speaking to the members of our pension scheme about the options, but can’t discuss further details.”