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25 jobs are under threat at Thwaites
UP to 25 jobs could be lost at Thwaites brewery in Blackburn.
The company is blaming the redundanciers on losing a number of packaging contracts and pressure from customers to reduce costs.
Positions will be cut in the brewing and tanking room, packaging, warehousing, planning, engineering departments and management teams.
Changes will involve a consultation process with 83 staff members, 58 of whom will retain their roles. Overall Thwaites employs 366 people across its two businesses in Blackburn.
Thwaites said it hopes to minimise job losses through redeployment and a voluntary redundancy programme.
Proposals are being heard to cut two of six workers currently in admin and reception roles.
The company will also change from a three and two-shift rota to a single extended 12-hour work period.
All affected staff have been offered a series of outplacement sessions.
Steve Magnall, managing director of Thwaites Beer Co, said: “It’s obviously a very difficult and upsetting time.
“But this is very much about getting us fit for the future and having the right size and scope of team for the new brewery.
“It will be a significant milestone in the history of our strong and successful company.” The company has also announced changes to its stakeholder pension scheme and will be moving to a new pension provider.
In addition, the company has reviewed its pension provision and is consulting with employees regarding the changes.
Rick Bailey, Daniel Thwaites PLC chief executive officer, said: “These are incredibly tough times for all businesses and most companies in our sector and elsewhere are focusing on ways that they can save costs and work more efficiently.
“Unfortunately this also includes considering job losses, which is the hardest decision to make.
“It is imperative that we continue to adapt our business to reflect changes in the market and remain competitive.”
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