North East Wales

Kellogg's and unions in Wrexham factory jobs cuts talks

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A union is hopeful 140 jobs losses at a Wrexham factory can be found by voluntary redundancy and early retirement.

Cereal maker Kellogg's is due to hold talks next week with the shop and factory workers' union Usdaw which represents over 400 members at the factory which employs about 540 staff.

Wrexham MP Ian Lucas and the Unite union branded the cuts a big blow.

The company said its changes would help to meet customers' "evolving needs".

Usdaw national officer Dave Gill said: "We are fairly confident through the consultation process that the numbers will actually fall and will not be as bad as first seen.

Commitment

"We are looking at these coming through on voluntarily [redundancy] basis and early retirement and we are fairly confident that will happen."

Mr Lucas said Kellogg's had reiterated its commitment to its Wrexham factory, despite announcing the job cuts.

Chris Hood, president of Kellogg Europe, said: "We have a compelling business need to better align our assets with marketplace trends and customer requirements.

"To that end, we are taking action to ensure our manufacturing network is operating the right number of plants and production lines - in the right locations - to better meet current and future production needs and the evolving needs of our customers."

In December, electronics giant Sharp announced 250 permanent jobs and 365 agency staff were to go while 230 workers have also lost their jobs at the First Milk cheese packing plant in Marchwiel.

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