Tulip abattoir workers protest against closure

19-04-2007 | |

Workers and their families staged a protest yesterday outside a Norfolk (UK) meat processing factory because of the proposed loss of more than 500 jobs.

Tulip announced last month that it planned to cease production at its Danepak fresh pork and bacon plant at Thetford after more than 40 years.

The Transport and General Workers Union (T&G) is calling on parent company, Danish Crown, branded Danepak, to apply its “family farms of Denmark” ethos to families in Norfolk, who fear they face an uncertain future if the Thetford site closes.

In March it was announced that Tulip would close the site, which would end production of fresh pork and bacon in Thetford. Danepak did not disclose any further information about their plans, which caused frustration with T&G in their attempts to discuss the closure.

Peter Judge, managing director of Tulip’s North East Division said: “We are involved in a confidential consultation process with representatives and as such do not feel it is appropriate to comment in detail about the progress of those talks.”