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Union told no jobs will be lost in Bernard Matthews takeover

No jobs will be lost at Bernard Matthews. Credit: PA images.

A union representing workers at Bernard Matthews says it has been reassured no jobs will be lost after the company was sold.

The turkey producer was officially bought by Ranjit Singh Boparan, owner of the 2 Sisters Food Group, late yesterday.

Today Unite met with representatives from his private office at the Bernard Matthews headquarters in Great Witchingham in Norfolk.

Regional officer Steve Harley said the talks had been positive - and hinted at new venture for the company in the future.

“It was made clear that the new owner wishes to restore Bernard Matthews to its former position as a highly profitable business that it enjoyed before the current financially troubled period.

“This would be achieved by greater investment in the business, cost savings, and utilising the present spare capacity at Bernard Matthews to process chicken and not just turkeys.

“We are reassured by the pledge that there will be no reduction in the workforce headcount and that the company is looking forward to a full order book for this Christmas. “Going forward, we wish to work with the new management team to achieve the goal of an expanding enterprise and maintaining Bernard Matthews as a major employer in East Anglia.”

– Steve Harley, Unite.

Mr Harley said he also now understood that the takeover would not affect members' pensions - despite previous fears.