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Dairy Crest drivers face redundancy threat

  • 17 April 2012
  • By Hayley Pink

Around 60 driver jobs at two Dairy Crest sites at Aintree, Liverpool are under threat as the milk producer has announced proposals to close the facilities.

A third site in Fenstanton, Cambridgeshire, is also part of the proposals but the amount of driver jobs has not yet been revealed at this dairy.

A Dairy Crest statement says the proposed closures form part of the group’s strategy to restore its dairies business to a “satisfactory level of profitability” in a competitive environment.

The two Aintree sites are predominantly glass-bottling sites, and Dairy Crest says it has experienced a decline in demand for milk from bottles, as consumers increasingly opt for plastic bottles and milk bags. Glass bottling can still be offered to customers from its Hanworth, Middlesex site.

It has also invested £75m into boosting capacity and efficiencies at its three polybottle dairies at Severnside, Gloucestershire; Chadwell Heath, London; and Foston, Derbyshire, which will be able to pick up the volumes currently handled by the Fenstanton site.

A spokesman for Dairy Crest tells CM that the group will “try to create as many driving jobs as we will lose”, with redeployment considered for all affected staff across other dairy sites.

The Unite and Usdaw unions are now in talks with all affected staff, which will enter a minimum 90-day consultation period.


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