Jobs to go at Bridgwater factory

A DRINKS company has announced today that 168 jobs are set to go at its Bridgwater factory.

But Gerber Juice Company Ltd, which employs 700 staff plus around 100 agency workers, said it hopes to avoid compulsory redundancies.

Job changes could be introduced, which may affect pay scales, as part of the planned cuts.

And agency staff are thought to be most at risk during the large-scale restructuring of the factory operation.

A spokesman for the company said: “No compulsory redundancies are envisaged by the company and it is hoped that employees affected by the restructure will accept the alternative employment that is on offer.”

He added the changes were hoped to help secure future employment in the long-run.

One staff member, who did not wish to be named, said she was not worried about the plans as it was ‘jobs, not people’ that would be cut. She added it was simply a reshuffle to save money.

Dorothy Fogg, regional officer for Unite, the union representing the workers at Gerber, said: “We are really disappointed that the company feels that it needs to make these changes. However, we are working with them with the view that there won’t be any compulsory redundancies, which is a commitment given to us by the employer.

“Unfortunately, we are concerned that there may be serious reductions in pay for some employees as a result of the proposals and we would want to mitigate reductions in pay to anyone in the structure.”

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5:16pm Thu 12 Jan 12

Blue Owl says...

Gerber, must be allowed to make the necessary staff ,employment changes as they see fitting,for they know their order book , production requirements and the nos of production operatives they require to produce the end product at a competitive price, within their market share. any excess costs, could jeopardise the entire operation in this precarious trading time.
regards Blue-Owl
Gerber, must be allowed to make the necessary staff ,employment changes as they see fitting,for they know their order book , production requirements and the nos of production operatives they require to produce the end product at a competitive price, within their market share. any excess costs, could jeopardise the entire operation in this precarious trading time. regards Blue-Owl Blue Owl
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5:55pm Thu 12 Jan 12

RustyKnight says...

Amazing, almost word for word direct copy of what was in today's WDP, its as if the Murky didn't know about this until they'd read it elsewhere
Amazing, almost word for word direct copy of what was in today's WDP, its as if the Murky didn't know about this until they'd read it elsewhere RustyKnight
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6:35pm Thu 12 Jan 12

jimee says...

Put everyone on minimum wage then Blue Owl...?
Put everyone on minimum wage then Blue Owl...? jimee
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8:38pm Thu 12 Jan 12

kj99 says...

The4y have agency staff , surely they should go first not employed staff !!
The4y have agency staff , surely they should go first not employed staff !! kj99
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1:43pm Fri 13 Jan 12

ohdearithappenedagain says...

kj99 wrote:
The4y have agency staff , surely they should go first not employed staff !!
Please read the article before opening your mouth!
Quotation from above:
'And agency staff are thought to be most at risk during the large-scale restructuring of the factory operation.'
Any questions?
[quote][p][bold]kj99[/bold] wrote: The4y have agency staff , surely they should go first not employed staff !![/p][/quote]Please read the article before opening your mouth! Quotation from above: 'And agency staff are thought to be most at risk during the large-scale restructuring of the factory operation.' Any questions? ohdearithappenedagain
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1:44pm Fri 13 Jan 12

ohdearithappenedagain says...

Oh, and since when do we start a sentance with the word "And"????
Oh, and since when do we start a sentance with the word "And"???? ohdearithappenedagain
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5:17pm Fri 13 Jan 12

awayswing says...

ohdearithappeneditha
ppenedagain cannot tell the difference between thought to be and are.
ohdearithappeneditha ppenedagain cannot tell the difference between thought to be and are. awayswing
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11:37am Sat 14 Jan 12

Bridgy old Boy says...

Very difficult time for all staff concerned just hope Blue Owl does not lose site of the human impact of "down sizing" I know several people who work long shifts at Gerber without huge financial reward.
Very difficult time for all staff concerned just hope Blue Owl does not lose site of the human impact of "down sizing" I know several people who work long shifts at Gerber without huge financial reward. Bridgy old Boy
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12:49am Sun 15 Jan 12

bridgyt@ says...

ohdearithappenedagai
n
wrote:
Oh, and since when do we start a sentance with the word "And"????
spolling mistoke ?
[quote][p][bold]ohdearithappenedagai n[/bold] wrote: Oh, and since when do we start a sentance with the word "And"????[/p][/quote]spolling mistoke ? bridgyt@
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12:50am Sun 15 Jan 12

bridgyt@ says...

spolling mistoke ?
spolling mistoke ? bridgyt@
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10:31am Sun 15 Jan 12

ohdearithappenedagain says...

bridgyt@ wrote:
spolling mistoke ?
Grammar more like.....
[quote][p][bold]bridgyt@[/bold] wrote: spolling mistoke ?[/p][/quote]Grammar more like..... ohdearithappenedagain
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1:03pm Sun 15 Jan 12

sheldoncooper says...

My friends Grammar works at Gerber :)
My friends Grammar works at Gerber :) sheldoncooper
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2:37pm Mon 16 Jan 12

ohdearithappenedagain says...

sheldoncooper wrote:
My friends Grammar works at Gerber :)
Not for long......
[quote][p][bold]sheldoncooper[/bold] wrote: My friends Grammar works at Gerber :)[/p][/quote]Not for long...... ohdearithappenedagain
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9:43am Tue 17 Jan 12

grade d says...

Badly run company, I worked for them for several years trying to get equal pay for all people that did the same job, not a chance! they are reaping what they sow. I can see them moving abroad where they can get the cheapest labour possible as they always wanted!
Badly run company, I worked for them for several years trying to get equal pay for all people that did the same job, not a chance! they are reaping what they sow. I can see them moving abroad where they can get the cheapest labour possible as they always wanted! grade d
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1:39pm Tue 17 Jan 12

youclowns says...

http://www.chavtowns
.co.uk/2004/07/bridg
water-somerset/
http://www.chavtowns .co.uk/2004/07/bridg water-somerset/ youclowns
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