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Various jobs in a food production factory. Production Line,Fork lift drivers, various shift patterns.

Have to go through GI Group agency in Derby.

contact for our site is Clarissa.Hinman@gigroup.com

01332 290188

21 The Corn Excange Derby DE1 2DS

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9 hours ago, uttoxram75 said:

Erm, perhaps not.

Been told today that the Biscuit Factory in Uttoxeter is to be closed down by next March.

There may well be a few agency short term positions going but 600 of us will be out of work very soon.😢

Early retirement then eh mate? 

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17 hours ago, uttoxram75 said:

Erm, perhaps not.

Been told today that the Biscuit Factory in Uttoxeter is to be closed down by next March.

There may well be a few agency short term positions going but 600 of us will be out of work very soon.😢

Sorry to hear that. Utch - and I'm sorry that I started making my own biccies last year.

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I've been elected to represent the factory based salaried staff in the Consultation meetings regarding the "proposed" closure of our factory.

Had our first meeting today and it was quite brutal. We're ducked. Its an old site and due to several changes of ownership in recent years leading to no investment, coupled with mental increases in the price of flour, sugar, palm oil, and energy costs over the last 18 months, there is no way back.

We are not financially viable.

We have been through severe restructures in recent years, chopping jobs left, right and centre to no avail, the company that owns us does not want to modernise and invest so we will close in March 2022.

I've worked there for 42 years. Started as a machine operator in 1978, ended up as a Shift Production Manager, covered the Operations Manager role for a period when the site was between owners. FFS, I met me missus there!

In a small town like Uttoxeter, I have seen kids and grandkids of lads I first worked with start their working life at the factory. Had blokes coming up to me in pubs demanding to know why their lad had been sacked, had people begging me for jobs, my wife has been threatened because I had to sack somebody.

I have also had people come up to me and thanked me for giving them confidence to improve their lives, people who I used to work with who now run their own businesses who always buy me a pint because they were inspired by me. I can't express the feeling that gives me.

My son did his engineering apprenticeship at the factory and is now the Operations Manager for Aggreko in Asia. My daughter worked there for a few years part time running the factory shop and now runs her own business.

We used to do Evening shifts, Lunch Time relief shifts  etc that appealed to mums who wanted a part time job to work around childcare but we had to stop all that as we got taken over by different companies. We were a factory that was part of our community.

Its a sad situation but I will do everything I can to negotiate the best possible deal for the people who have asked me to represent them.

 

I'm a bit emotional and had a couple of drinks so time to call it a night.

 

 

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On 08/10/2021 at 13:37, Ghost of Clough said:

Sadly, there's too much land there for developers not to want to build houses

Yeah, eventually that will be the case. It will probably be flattened and left empty for a few years like the old Bamfords site. Developers only want to build on greenfield sites it seems.

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2 hours ago, uttoxram75 said:

Yeah, eventually that will be the case. It will probably be flattened and left empty for a few years like the old Bamfords site. Developers only want to build on greenfield sites it seems.

Easier init? No time dealing the environ mentalists saying this an that. 

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