More than 100 jobs to go at Barnsley bakery

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More than 100 people will be left out-of-work when bosses shut down a Barnsley bakery.

La Baguette Doree, based at Town End Industrial Estate, will close its doors in August spelling the loss of 123 jobs.

Owner Fletchers Group cited the loss of a contract with Tesco as the reason behind the decision.

Work producing specialist breads for Marks and Spencer, currently done in the Barnsley bakery, will be transferred to the firm’s factory in London.

The Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union, which has 93 members at La Baguette Doree, is hoping to re-locate some staff to Fletchers Group’s Sheffield other base at Wadsley Bridge.

Union official Sam Vickers said: “Some of our members have worked there since it opened 22 years ago. We got a whiff that it might be shutting down three or four weeks ago and it was a bit of a bombshell. Now they’ve come out and confirmed it.

“We’re doing everything we can to support our members.

“The union has learning services and we’re working with the company too. We hope some can move to Sheffield but for a lot there will be difficulties with shifts and transport.

“It just shows how much influence supermarkets have. If they can get it a penny cheaper elsewhere they move and they’re the people making all the money in this.”