Jobs threatened at NI snack manufacturer

As many as 80 jobs could be made redundant at Tayto’s Tandragee site in Northern Ireland, according to union, Unite.

Image by Tim Hoggarth (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Image by Tim Hoggarth (CC BY-SA 2.0)

In a statement released by the snack manufacturer, a spokesperson said that although no formal proceedings had begun there was a ‘strong possibility’ that it would have to consider cutting jobs.

The statement said: “Production costs in Tandragee are considerably higher than at any of our other sites, which are all in England.”

It continued stating that 60% of products manufactured in Northern Ireland were transported for sale in the rest of the UK. While it made it clear that the Tandragee site would remain open, output may well be restricted to demand in the same region.

Unite representative, Sean McKeever said the update was “the latest in a series of blows for workers”, he also commented that he had been told by management that the roles could be slashed in the following months.

He added that the news left no choice but for the union to ballot its members for strike action.