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Union 'deeply disappointed' at plans to cut more than 150 jobs at Bernard Matthews

Bernard Matthews has been consulting with staff about cutting jobs. Credit: PA

The union representing workers at Bernard Matthews say they're "deeply disappointed" at plans to cut more than 150 jobs.

The Norfolk turkey producer announced earlier this week it was consulting with staff about cutting jobs at its headquarters at Great Witchingham.

The 'Unite' union say 96 production jobs are under threat, with other losses coming from managerial, technical and clerical staff.

However bosses say they will explore options to mitigate job losses.

'Unite' represent workers at Bernard Matthews. Credit: Unite

This is deeply disappointing news as it was only five months ago that it was made clear that the new owner wished to restore Bernard Matthews to its former position as a highly profitable business

Unite’s priority is putting the case that there should be no compulsory redundancies amongst this dedicated workforce. We will also be urging for redeployment within other parts of the Bernard Matthews business and, where this is not possible, look for new employment across other poultry companies, including '2 Sisters.'

– Steve Harley, Unite regional officer

'Unite' represents about 600 of Bernard Matthews’ 2,000-strong workforce in Norfolk and Suffolk.