Trade unions welcome Oreos factory jobs

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WORKERS’ representatives at Sheffield’s Trebor Bassett factory have welcomed news of £6 million of new investment to start producing biscuits at the plant.

Kraft Foods, which took over the Owlerton factory when it bought Cadbury last year, announced it would start producing Oreos and BelVita biscuits Sheffield - the first time they will be made in the UK.

The move, to be carried out from next March, will create 60 new jobs at the factory.

But Kraft is also to cut 40 white-collar jobs in the Trebor Bassett section of the plant - although it has pledged no jobs would be axed through compulsory redundancy.

Peter Davies, Sheffield organiser for the GMB union, which represents workers at the factory, said: “This process is in its early stages but we welcome the investment and the company’s announcement that any redundancies will be voluntary.

“We are hoping that there are enough employees who will be willing to leave on the terms that will be on offer, nobody wants to see compulsory redundancies.

“These are testing times for all employers and their work-forces and we have to hope that this announcement and strategy stands Bassett in good stead for the up-turn in the economy when it comes.”