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Creamery reduces planned job cuts.

COMPULSORY job cuts at a Denbighshire creamery employing 160 people are to be "significantly" less than the 93 originally threatened.

Owners Milk Link announced the proposed cuts at Llandyrnog Creamery last month - to the fury of workers and unions.

During the 30-day consultation period Milk Link held a total of six meetings with full time officers of Usdaw, Unite the Union, NACO, site management and employee representatives.

A spokesman said: "To mitigate the effect of the redundancies Milk Link invited volunteers for redundancy at Llandyrnog Creamery and also at its other processing sites in Oswestry, Shropshire and Malpas, Cheshire. Across the three sites, a total of 30 people have expressed an interest in volunteering for redundancy, which will help to reduce the job cuts which are being made at Llandyrnog Creamery.

"The exact number of people to be selected for redundancy will not be finalised until the voluntary redundancy programme has been completed but it is hoped it will be significantly less than the 93 originally stated."

The number of voluntary redundancies at Llandyrnog is 12. Redundancies are expected to be completed by January 2010.

Milk Link has also identified an additional six job opportunities at its site in Crediton, Devon. This means that a number of people who would otherwise have been made redundant can be assimilated into other parts of the business.

The company took over the site in June, after Dairy Farmers of Britain went into administration, and spoke at the time of developing the site.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 29, 2009
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