Firm says 330 jobs at risk after it loses Sainsbury’s contract

Young's SeafoodUnite reps will be working closely with managers at Young’s Seafood in a bid to save jobs at the troubled Grimsby firm.

The firm yesterday announced 330 jobs were at risk after it lost a contract to supply food to Sainsbury’s.

The jobs that could go are based at the Marsden Road site – two-thirds of the workforce of 300 staff and 200 agency workers. Young’s Seafood has three plants in Grimsby employing a total of 2,000 workers.

Unite regional officer Dave Monaghan said: “This is extremely serious and very worrying news for the workforce at Marsden Road and also for the local economy.

“At present, we are not sure how many jobs will be lost. The company is looking to obtain new contracts to fill the void left by the loss of the contract to prepare, smoke, freeze and deliver salmon to Sainsbury’s.

“We will be working closely with management in the days and weeks to come to mitigate any job losses. At present, we can’t put a figure on the number of job losses, if any. The worst case scenario would be in the region of 330 jobs lost.

“Unite understands that the Norwegian company, Marine Harvest, which provides the farmed salmon from Scotland to Young’s Seafood in Grimsby, has offered to deal directly with Sainsbury’s.

“The contract is due to be transferred from Young’s in November this year.

“We will be asking Sainbury’s if Marine Harvest has the ability to provide the processed salmon directly to Sainsbury’s. Young’s Seafood’s facilities in Grimsby are first class and top of the range.”

Unite understands that the contract loss could also impact on the Young’s Seafood plant in Fraserburgh, Scotland, but the union has no members at the Aberdeenshire site.

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