Belfast Telegraph

Redeployment at Foyle Meats will salvage 40 jobs

By Brendan McDaid

Half of the 85 people whose jobs are under threat at Foyle Meats are expected to be redeployed at the Foyle Food Group's other Ulster plants, it has emerged.

Around 40 jobs are expected to be salvaged following the announcement last week by the Foyle Food Group that its lamb processing plant is to close within weeks.

Unite union representatives met management this week to discuss the job losses at the Lisahally facility, which employs a substantial number of Polish migrant workers as well as local people.

Dozens of the workers are expected to be re-trained for the Donegal Meats beef plant in the Donegal border village of Carrigans, while others are to be offered positions at Hilton Meats in Cookstown and Omagh Meats in Co Tyrone.

Unite regional organiser Gareth Scott said the meetings had been productive.

"They have basically confirmed there will be 85 jobs going and what we have focused on is trying to identify alternative work options. Although we haven't a final figure identified, it is in the region of 40 positions throughout the group.

"The company is also at the moment taking expressions of interest for voluntary redundancies and the deadline for that will be this Friday. We are hoping that these two measures will reduce the need for forced redundancies."

Employees will be informed within the next week whether they are likely to be redeployed or are at risk of being made redundant.