Bosses at a Tayside potato-packing plant which has announced job cuts have confirmed that nobody will lose their job until a consultation period is complete.
Upto 90 workers at Farmcare in Carnoustie could be facing redundancy after the firm highlighted a reduction in workload.
A spokeswoman for Farmcare said today: “I can confirm that no redundancies will take place during the 30-day consultation period, regardless of whether it is compulsory or voluntary.”
She said that the company is about to embark on a period of consultation with employees at its packing facility at Clayholes Farm.
However, she added that the end of a “significant” packing contract would result in the need to reduce staff at the facility.
“The Carnoustie site specialises in packing and does not have any processing facilities, meaning Farmcare cannot offer a broader service to customers beyond the pre-packing of fresh potatoes. Based on a significant market review, Farmcare believes long-term investment to deliver processing capability is not commercially viable for the business.”
It is anticipated that Farmcare will reduce packing volume in September. As a major grower, Farmcare will continue to supply a range of customers.
Richard Quinn, CEO of Farmcare, said: ‘’We’re proud to be an employer in Scotland and we want to approach the consultation in the most transparent way possible, as we genuinely care for the future of the great team we have at Carnoustie.
“We will be offering guidance and support to those directly affected and will seek to utilise voluntary redundancies as a way to reduce the number of compulsory redundancies required. We will, of course, also explore alternative employment opportunities for those affected.
“We’re equally dedicated to securing existing customers’ business into the future as well as exploring new business opportunities. We’ve already had an encouraging account win with a large retail customer, resulting in securing a long-term relationship. This will help secure a number of roles at the Carnoustie site.
“However, it is with regret that at this time we need to move into a period of consultation with our Carnoustie colleagues in order to bring costs in line with our business. These are challenging decisions for any long term minded business and over the coming weeks we will be focused on supporting our team throughout the consultation process.’’