Food factory workers face job threat

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DOZENS of jobs at a meat processing plant in Sheffield are under threat from proposals to close the site.

Consultation with 59 workers at the Yorkshire Premier Meat site on Aston Street, which specially prepares meat for the ready meals market, is due to begin said owner ANM Group. The company said it proposes to concentrate its work at a plant in South Kirkby, Wakefield, because of ‘continuing difficult trading conditions in the industry’.

If the move goes ahead the closure could take place in February.

A statement said: “ANM Group said it deeply regretted the closure proposal but pointed out that the level of losses being experienced at Sheffield are considered unsustainable in the current economic climate with no indication of trading patterns improving in the near future.”

The Aston Street plant has been owned by ANM Group since 1993. If it closes some work will be transferred to South Kirkby, which opened in 1997. The remaining raw material supplied to Sheffield by ANM Group-owned Scotch Premier Meat would be processed at the supplier’s site in Aberdeenshire

However Yorkshire Premier said it will talk to affected staff to consider whether redundancies may be avoided.