BFAWU and Unite say they are extremely concerned about the future of the business

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Unions have called for urgent talks with managers at Premier Foods after the firm announced 900 job losses.

The company plans to close bakeries at Greenford, in west London and Birmingham. The firm is also simplifying its bread distribution network by cutting about 130 routes.

Unite is joining with BFAWU in calling for the talks to take place as a matter of urgency.

Unite national officer for food and drink Jennie Formby said: “The joint trade unions are calling for an urgent national meeting with Premier Foods’ management to discuss the implications of today’s announcement which is a devastating blow for the 900 workers, their families and the local communities in west London and Birmingham.”

“This is just another stage in the disaster story that has been Premier Foods over recent years, which has consistently struggled ever since its decision to buy Hovis in 2006.

“At the time, this strategy was described as ‘doomed’ by some analysts and it has resulted in the company being saddled with massive debts.

“Management claims the job losses are as a result of ‘competition and wheat prices’, but the reality is that our members are continuing to pay the heavy price of Premier’s failure to make a success of the business and we remain extremely concerned about the future of the remaining business.”


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