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Job threats at food factory 'another shock wave' to Cornwall's economy

Job threats at food factory 'another shock wave' to Cornwall's economy

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 2:21pm 23rd October 2019.

The threat to hundreds of food processing jobs in Bodmin has been described as 'another shock wave' to Cornwall's economy.

Tulip Ltd might have to close, putting 270 roles at risk of redundancy before Christmas.

The company, which produces processed meats like bacon, has launched a 45-day consultation with staff. That is due to end on the 9th December.

Bosses say they are still trying to secure a recovery plan and insist, at this stage, closure is not a "forgone conclusion".

But Unite, Britain and Ireland's largest union, says families will be affected by the struggle to find work and pay the bills.

Tulip Ltd Bodmin

"This is another blow for Bodmin - Tulip used to be one of the primary employers in Bodmin and the local community will suffer greatly from these losses just before Christmas.

"This gives us a measure of the impact of continuing political and economic uncertainty in Cornwall, causing the ongoing shrinkage of our manufacturing economy. This is another shock wave to the already battered Cornish economy. 

"Tulip has described political uncertainty as a cause for its problems and Bodmin will pay the price for this.

"The relentless loss of jobs from Tulip in recent years reflects other job losses from food and drink processing across Cornwall, primarily in the middle and east of the county, at a time when wages are stagnating. This problem is compounded by underemployment and in-work poverty which are escalating.

"Bodmin has some of the poorest areas in the country so this further loss of work and incomes to the town are a cause of deep concern.  

"The families in Bodmin affected by this will struggle to find work that provides security for their families and an income that will pay the bills.

"What we are seeing is workers being made redundant in the food processing sector and then they are shunted to another similar, often low paid, job - and then that site closes. It is a terrible downward spiral that erodes hope. 

"Bodmin's economy specifically and Cornwall's more generally deserve investment and the opportunity to grow, rather than the current diet of declining incomes and lost jobs

"Unite will continue to work with our members at Tulip, which has a record of not engaging with trade unions, to support them as they face this new blow to the county's economy.

"We would welcome the opportunity for constructive talks with the management at Tulip to see what can be done to keep this plant operating." 

Unite's regional officer for Cornwall, Deborah Hopkins

Tulip Foods Bodmin


"Tulip Ltd can confirm that it has announced that it will be entering into consultation with employee representatives at its Bodmin facility over the future viability of the site.

"The site has been operating at a significant loss for several years and while it remains a well-invested site with industry-leading capabilities, it is unsustainable to maintain operations under the existing business model.

"Closure is not a foregone conclusion and Tulip Ltd is seeking to galvanize employees, customers and suppliers to coming together to agree a viable plan for the sustainable future of the site. 

"However, unless we can secure a joint recovery plan with our strategic partners and employees, we cannot continue to operate while making such significant losses. 

"Therefore, we have begun a 45-day consultation process over proposals to cease production at the site, potentially putting 270 roles at risk of redundancy. 

"We expect the consultation period to end on 9th December 2019".

Tulip Ltd

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