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2 Sisters to Shake Up Poultry Processing in Scotland

22 November 2013

UK - Jobs are set to go at a 2 Sisters chicken processing plant in Perth and Kinross.

According to the poultry processing company, the move is part of a rescue plan for Scotland that will help secure the viability of the poultry industry and give the company a better opportunity for future growth and success.

"Taking no action would put the future of our industry in Scotland at serious risk," said a spokesman for the company.

“There is an oversupply of poultry in Scotland, which has historically been the least efficient manufacturing base. There is also evidence of a decline in the UK poultry market due to changes in consumer demand. This situation is unsustainable.”

He continued: “At Letham, we have worked hard to secure a future for the site, and we’ve found a buyer who will tap into new niche market opportunities, where it will much more competitive in the market place.

“In turn, we are working with our colleagues to maintain a viable operation at our factory in Coupar Angus, which will allow us time to create a more competitive environment as we look to strengthen Scottish sales and build demand for Scottish chicken.

“This will mean we are proposing to reduce the workforce at Coupar and change shift patterns and working hours for remaining colleagues. We will work with all our partners – our colleagues, our customers, our agricultural base, the Scottish Government – as we can’t do this alone.”

The spokesman added: “We need their help to rescue this industry. These announcements today will help secure our business for the longer term and put us in a stronger position for investing in the future when conditions are right.”

According to the Scotsman the plans include losing up to a third of teh satff at Coupar Angus.

The group took over the Coupar Angus plant from the troubled Vion company in March.

The Scotsman reports that John Swinney, the Scottish Finance Secretary and the MSP for Perthshire North, said : “This is a very serious blow to employment in Coupar Angus, with the prospect of job losses at the 2 Sisters plant and the workforce are very much in my thoughts at this difficult time.

“The fact that this comes so soon after the acquisition of the plant by 2 Sisters is a real concern. I have discussed the situation already with the management of the company and they have explained that a decline in market conditions has resulted in there being too much capacity within chicken plants. Unfortunately, that has resulted in jobs losses at Coupar Angus.

“I will be meeting with management and unions at the plant today to see what can be done to mitigate these job losses. And I will be ensuring that all support that can be available from the Scottish Government is available to any individuals affected by the announcement.”

The company has begun a 45 day consultation and expects the jobs cut to take effect in the New Year.


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