Fenland MP Steve Barclay is calling on Fenland District Council to support workers facing job cuts at the Wisbech Moy Park food processing factory, following the announcement of a £20 million consolidation plan at its site in Grantham.
Moy Park has started consultation with employees over plans to axe a number of jobs at the site on Mount Pleasant Road, as reported in the Citizen (February 13).
Mr Barclay said: “This is clearly a very difficult and uncertain time for Moy Park employees. We need to offer support during the consultation process to ensure that workers get a fair deal and that Moy Park make good on their assurances to find work for those who are losing their posts.
“I have discussed these concerns with Alan Melton, the leader of the Council, who has given me an assurance that senior council members will be visiting the factory to meet with staff.
“There’s a real risk that jobs and skilled workers will be drained out of the local area, and it is not enough to rely on the local job centre plus to reposition those who are likely to be made redundant.
“Retaining and creating jobs in Wisbech and the surrounding area is a vital pillar of the 20:20 vision for regenerating Wisbech and creating a buzzing, vibrant business community.
“We need to recognise that job losses will have a negative impact on our local economy and wider community. The Council should take action to assist those who are facing this uncertainty. Workers at Moy Park deserve clear answers from bosses over their prospects.”
Mr Barclay has received a number of letters from constituents and Moy Park employees voicing concerns about the planned job cuts and the practicalities of job relocation from one site to another.
It remains unclear how many posts will be axed, and employees are awaiting confirmation of the next stage in the consultation process.