Up to 70 more jobs could go at Fox's

Up to 70 more jobs could be axed at Batley’s Fox’s Biscuits factory, it was revealed yesterday. The troubled Wellington Street site, earmarked for closure until parent firm Northern Foods handed it a reprieve in July, has been hit by a slowdown in the biscuit market and ‘consultation’ over more job losses has begun with staff.
Changing shifts from seven days a week to five mean fewer workers will be needed and a spokesman for Fox’s Biscuits said: “Reflecting the recent slower growth in the biscuits market and a reduction in volumes at the Batley site, Fox’s has regrettably announced collective consultation regarding potential redundancies within the Batley factory.
“Whilst the Batley factory has demonstrated strong performance over the past 18 months through major shift realignment, improved health and safety, excellent audit scores, new product launches and successful investment, we need to reflect the challenging trading environment by moving from a 24/7 operation to a 24/5 operation and will also assess our linebased productivity.
“The proposed restructure will help us to deliver an even better performance in line with our challenging trading environment.
“All in all, we anticipate that there may be up to 70 compulsory redundancies. Whilst this proposal is regrettable, it is essential for Fox’s and the Batley site to remain competitive and sustainable into the future.”

BATLEY electronics firm Controlled Speed Limited has gone into administration with the loss of 35 jobs. A skeleton staff of three will be kept on at their Quantum House site on Challenge Way while administrators try to find a buyer. The firm was founded in Brighouse in 1984 and only moved to Batley in summer last year as they needed bigger premises.

Share this post