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Tulip Workers in Plant Demo

13 March 2012

UK - More than 200 workers at the Tulip food packaging firm in Birkenhead, locked out last week, are demonstrating today (Tuesday, 13 March) in a battle to save their redundancy package.

Workers - some with more than 30 years service - are angry that after just 38 days of ownership, Tulip closed down the Tranfoods meat packaging site – and is now threatening to renege on the enhanced redundancy package agreed with the trade unions.

Management is now threatening to only pay the statutory minimum to the 218 staff who look likely to lose their jobs.

Unite, the largest union in the country, is due to meet the company today (Tuesday, 13 March).

Unite regional officer, Franny Joyce said: “The workers have been treated with contempt by Tulip, which is the UK arm of Danish Crown and took over the plant last December.

“After just 38 days of ownership, they announced the closure of this site and last Monday they locked out the employees and boarded up the plant.

“Tomorrow’s meeting is to find out what is going on and to make the case very strongly that the firm should honour its enhanced redundancy package to former Tranfoods employees. We are currently in a 90-day consultation process.”

Tulip said that it was moving production in the Wirral to Bodmin in Cornwall. The Birkenhead plant supplies cooked meats to the Tesco supermarket chain.

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