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Concern over Portadown firm's future following job losses

19 January, 2006


Upper Bann MLA John O'Dowd has expressed concern over the long-term future of the Denny's meat plant in Portadown after it was revealed that up to thirty workers may be set to lose their jobs.

The Sinn Féin assembly member said, "Denny's are presently seeking thirty redundancies at the plant in Portadown. These redundancies have come about as a result of the apparent decision by management sage production in Portadown and transfer that operation to one of its plants in the Twenty-six Counties. This means that only one department which is responsible for pie production and packaging will remain at the Portadown site. There are also fears that the closure of the sausage production department will have a domino effect on other sections of the work-force within the firm, as it could well lead to a reduction in the numbers of clerical staff, fitters and cleaning staff required.

O'Dowd continued, "These latest redundancies are creating unease and uncertainty among the rest of the work-force and their families. The fact that only one department will remain in the aftermath of these redundancies is putting a question mark over the future long-term sustainability of the Portadown operation. I have requested a meeting with the company's management to discuss these matters" ENDS

ancies are creating unease and uncertainty among the rest of the work-force and their families. The fact that only one department will remain in the aftermath of these redundancies is putting a question mark over the future long-term sustainability of the Portadown operation. I have requested a meeting with the company's management to discuss these matters" ENDS

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