390 jobs to go at Rogerstone's Avana Bakeries - union

BAD NEWS: Job losses at Avana Bakeries

BAD NEWS: Job losses at Avana Bakeries

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A UNION says 390 people are to be made redundant by November at Newport's Avana Bakeries, writes BECKY CARR.

The news follows a turbulent period for the Rogerstone business, which announced in February it had lost a major contract with Marks & Spencer and would have to close.

The factory was saved in July when new company Food Utopia Ltd bought the site from 2 Sisters Food Group Ltd. The number of jobs to be saved was not confirmed then.

John James, organising regional secretary of the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union, confirmed the 390 job losses.

He said: "I was aware there was going to be major job losses but we did not have numbers. They haven't got the amount of orders for the people they've got."

Mr James, who was read a statement about the redundancies on the phone this afternoon, is meeting with the company tomorrow to discuss their plans.

He added that the redundancies will be made between September and November following a consultation period.

The company refused to comment when approached by the Argus.

William Graham, AM for South Wales East, said: "We had hoped with a change of ownership they would be able to negotiate new orders.

"It's very depressing news for the workers and their families.

"It was a promise of hope in July because they were going to get new contracts, the food industry is very competitive."

Rogerstone councillor Chris Evans said: "Our worst fears have been realised. Let's wait for the facts to come out but I just feel for the local families. I've been in touch with them, I was one of the first people who they contacted. We must do all we can to secure their short and long term futures."

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6:10pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Magor says...

Yet firms in Bristol struggle to get staff,the Bridge Tolls have got to be scrapped to get more firms over here and make it cheaper for Welsh workers to get to Brstol.
Yet firms in Bristol struggle to get staff,the Bridge Tolls have got to be scrapped to get more firms over here and make it cheaper for Welsh workers to get to Brstol. Magor
  • Score: 22

6:28pm Wed 20 Aug 14

DavidMclean says...

A worrying Christmas for a lot of families. Not good news unfortunately.
A worrying Christmas for a lot of families. Not good news unfortunately. DavidMclean
  • Score: 19

6:38pm Wed 20 Aug 14

anigel says...

Magor wrote:
Yet firms in Bristol struggle to get staff,the Bridge Tolls have got to be scrapped to get more firms over here and make it cheaper for Welsh workers to get to Brstol.
They should also insist the rail companies improve performance and service from South Wales to Bristol and beyond. Trains are regularly run short on carriages or just cancelled without notice, leaving people who are dependant on them to get to work stood on the platform for at least 30 minutes till the next one arrives, which is probably also being run short and is already full.
[quote][p][bold]Magor[/bold] wrote: Yet firms in Bristol struggle to get staff,the Bridge Tolls have got to be scrapped to get more firms over here and make it cheaper for Welsh workers to get to Brstol.[/p][/quote]They should also insist the rail companies improve performance and service from South Wales to Bristol and beyond. Trains are regularly run short on carriages or just cancelled without notice, leaving people who are dependant on them to get to work stood on the platform for at least 30 minutes till the next one arrives, which is probably also being run short and is already full. anigel
  • Score: 21

6:48pm Wed 20 Aug 14

theviking666 says...

So what is Rosemary, Paul and the rest of the gang going to do now?
So what is Rosemary, Paul and the rest of the gang going to do now? theviking666
  • Score: 6

7:58pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Magor says...

anigel wrote:
Magor wrote:
Yet firms in Bristol struggle to get staff,the Bridge Tolls have got to be scrapped to get more firms over here and make it cheaper for Welsh workers to get to Brstol.
They should also insist the rail companies improve performance and service from South Wales to Bristol and beyond. Trains are regularly run short on carriages or just cancelled without notice, leaving people who are dependant on them to get to work stood on the platform for at least 30 minutes till the next one arrives, which is probably also being run short and is already full.
I agree but the rail network is not that good and trains dont run 24/7.
[quote][p][bold]anigel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Magor[/bold] wrote: Yet firms in Bristol struggle to get staff,the Bridge Tolls have got to be scrapped to get more firms over here and make it cheaper for Welsh workers to get to Brstol.[/p][/quote]They should also insist the rail companies improve performance and service from South Wales to Bristol and beyond. Trains are regularly run short on carriages or just cancelled without notice, leaving people who are dependant on them to get to work stood on the platform for at least 30 minutes till the next one arrives, which is probably also being run short and is already full.[/p][/quote]I agree but the rail network is not that good and trains dont run 24/7. Magor
  • Score: 2

7:59pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Magor says...

anigel wrote:
Magor wrote:
Yet firms in Bristol struggle to get staff,the Bridge Tolls have got to be scrapped to get more firms over here and make it cheaper for Welsh workers to get to Brstol.
They should also insist the rail companies improve performance and service from South Wales to Bristol and beyond. Trains are regularly run short on carriages or just cancelled without notice, leaving people who are dependant on them to get to work stood on the platform for at least 30 minutes till the next one arrives, which is probably also being run short and is already full.
I agree but the rail network is not that good and trains dont run 24/7.
[quote][p][bold]anigel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Magor[/bold] wrote: Yet firms in Bristol struggle to get staff,the Bridge Tolls have got to be scrapped to get more firms over here and make it cheaper for Welsh workers to get to Brstol.[/p][/quote]They should also insist the rail companies improve performance and service from South Wales to Bristol and beyond. Trains are regularly run short on carriages or just cancelled without notice, leaving people who are dependant on them to get to work stood on the platform for at least 30 minutes till the next one arrives, which is probably also being run short and is already full.[/p][/quote]I agree but the rail network is not that good and trains dont run 24/7. Magor
  • Score: -4

8:00pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Newportg says...

theviking666 wrote:
So what is Rosemary, Paul and the rest of the gang going to do now?
What the hell do you expect them to do about it. You idiot!
[quote][p][bold]theviking666[/bold] wrote: So what is Rosemary, Paul and the rest of the gang going to do now?[/p][/quote]What the hell do you expect them to do about it. You idiot! Newportg
  • Score: 9

8:11pm Wed 20 Aug 14

theviking666 says...

Newportg wrote:
theviking666 wrote:
So what is Rosemary, Paul and the rest of the gang going to do now?
What the hell do you expect them to do about it. You idiot!
to do what they did last time absolutely nothing, just talk and talk, you clown
[quote][p][bold]Newportg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]theviking666[/bold] wrote: So what is Rosemary, Paul and the rest of the gang going to do now?[/p][/quote]What the hell do you expect them to do about it. You idiot![/p][/quote]to do what they did last time absolutely nothing, just talk and talk, you clown theviking666
  • Score: 2

8:35pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Newportg says...

theviking666 wrote:
Newportg wrote:
theviking666 wrote:
So what is Rosemary, Paul and the rest of the gang going to do now?
What the hell do you expect them to do about it. You idiot!
to do what they did last time absolutely nothing, just talk and talk, you clown
You're unbelievable! Not everything is the fault of your local representatives.
[quote][p][bold]theviking666[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Newportg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]theviking666[/bold] wrote: So what is Rosemary, Paul and the rest of the gang going to do now?[/p][/quote]What the hell do you expect them to do about it. You idiot![/p][/quote]to do what they did last time absolutely nothing, just talk and talk, you clown[/p][/quote]You're unbelievable! Not everything is the fault of your local representatives. Newportg
  • Score: 7

8:47pm Wed 20 Aug 14

theviking666 says...

Newportg wrote:
theviking666 wrote:
Newportg wrote:
theviking666 wrote:
So what is Rosemary, Paul and the rest of the gang going to do now?
What the hell do you expect them to do about it. You idiot!
to do what they did last time absolutely nothing, just talk and talk, you clown
You're unbelievable! Not everything is the fault of your local representatives.
what is unbelievable is the total lack, of any of your local representatives, saying anything this time round, when sadly there are job losses.
[quote][p][bold]Newportg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]theviking666[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Newportg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]theviking666[/bold] wrote: So what is Rosemary, Paul and the rest of the gang going to do now?[/p][/quote]What the hell do you expect them to do about it. You idiot![/p][/quote]to do what they did last time absolutely nothing, just talk and talk, you clown[/p][/quote]You're unbelievable! Not everything is the fault of your local representatives.[/p][/quote]what is unbelievable is the total lack, of any of your local representatives, saying anything this time round, when sadly there are job losses. theviking666
  • Score: -5

8:49pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Newportg says...

theviking666 wrote:
Newportg wrote:
theviking666 wrote:
Newportg wrote:
theviking666 wrote:
So what is Rosemary, Paul and the rest of the gang going to do now?
What the hell do you expect them to do about it. You idiot!
to do what they did last time absolutely nothing, just talk and talk, you clown
You're unbelievable! Not everything is the fault of your local representatives.
what is unbelievable is the total lack, of any of your local representatives, saying anything this time round, when sadly there are job losses.
You clearly did not watch the news tonight!
[quote][p][bold]theviking666[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Newportg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]theviking666[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Newportg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]theviking666[/bold] wrote: So what is Rosemary, Paul and the rest of the gang going to do now?[/p][/quote]What the hell do you expect them to do about it. You idiot![/p][/quote]to do what they did last time absolutely nothing, just talk and talk, you clown[/p][/quote]You're unbelievable! Not everything is the fault of your local representatives.[/p][/quote]what is unbelievable is the total lack, of any of your local representatives, saying anything this time round, when sadly there are job losses.[/p][/quote]You clearly did not watch the news tonight! Newportg
  • Score: 3

10:20pm Wed 20 Aug 14

lord.iron.of.shumg says...

Stop fighting , and turn your tension towards 2 sisters and the people who now own avana , 2 ex managers of 2 sisters and funded by 2 sisters themselves , as a tax write off .
Also don't forget mr ranit sing (who's owns 2 sisters ,a 1.3 million house and kids that run over children ) he behind this and the welsh gov gives him money for .
It's all disgraceful
Stop fighting , and turn your tension towards 2 sisters and the people who now own avana , 2 ex managers of 2 sisters and funded by 2 sisters themselves , as a tax write off . Also don't forget mr ranit sing (who's owns 2 sisters ,a 1.3 million house and kids that run over children ) he behind this and the welsh gov gives him money for . It's all disgraceful lord.iron.of.shumg
  • Score: 8

10:29pm Wed 20 Aug 14

heresphil says...

Atrocious management all round. As said here many times before, no self-respecting business should base all its fortunes upon retaining one contract. That was just a calamity waiting to happen.

Sympathies to all of the redundant staff.
Atrocious management all round. As said here many times before, no self-respecting business should base all its fortunes upon retaining one contract. That was just a calamity waiting to happen. Sympathies to all of the redundant staff. heresphil
  • Score: 11

10:36pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Jonnytrouble says...

AND they say things are getting better WE are coming out of the recession! Hum WHERE ?
Must be in Camorons constituency ?
AND they say things are getting better WE are coming out of the recession! Hum WHERE ? Must be in Camorons constituency ? Jonnytrouble
  • Score: 0

10:51pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Welsh workers could really bring this issue to the attention of the whole world if they staged a mass strike from September 4th-5th.
Welsh workers could really bring this issue to the attention of the whole world if they staged a mass strike from September 4th-5th. Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: -3

11:46pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Stevenboy says...

Katie Re-Registered wrote:
Welsh workers could really bring this issue to the attention of the whole world if they staged a mass strike from September 4th-5th.
What are you on about. Why? Businesses change all the time.
[quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: Welsh workers could really bring this issue to the attention of the whole world if they staged a mass strike from September 4th-5th.[/p][/quote]What are you on about. Why? Businesses change all the time. Stevenboy
  • Score: 6

1:39pm Thu 21 Aug 14

The Destroyer says...

heresphil wrote:
Atrocious management all round. As said here many times before, no self-respecting business should base all its fortunes upon retaining one contract. That was just a calamity waiting to happen.

Sympathies to all of the redundant staff.
Agreed - I bet the people at Brookes are looking over their shoulder.
Boycott the super markets and support your local shops!
[quote][p][bold]heresphil[/bold] wrote: Atrocious management all round. As said here many times before, no self-respecting business should base all its fortunes upon retaining one contract. That was just a calamity waiting to happen. Sympathies to all of the redundant staff.[/p][/quote]Agreed - I bet the people at Brookes are looking over their shoulder. Boycott the super markets and support your local shops! The Destroyer
  • Score: 5

2:58pm Thu 21 Aug 14

JanJenkins says...

Katie Re-Registered wrote:
Welsh workers could really bring this issue to the attention of the whole world if they staged a mass strike from September 4th-5th.
What, ! Both of the them! at the same time! Most of the people working in south Wales work for Agencies, what is going on in business has nothing to do with your employment, As an agency worker you can be sacked on a days notice, Don't need you anymore said to the agency and your stumped. So striking for a company that was going to shut down months ago, really is a non-runner. and not worth loosing the job that you have now for.
[quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: Welsh workers could really bring this issue to the attention of the whole world if they staged a mass strike from September 4th-5th.[/p][/quote]What, ! Both of the them! at the same time! Most of the people working in south Wales work for Agencies, what is going on in business has nothing to do with your employment, As an agency worker you can be sacked on a days notice, Don't need you anymore said to the agency and your stumped. So striking for a company that was going to shut down months ago, really is a non-runner. and not worth loosing the job that you have now for. JanJenkins
  • Score: 4

5:08pm Thu 21 Aug 14

PEBL.. says...

Get a grip - these are people that we're talking about who are just about to have their world ripped apart. Just because they were told it was likely to close, it doesn't mean it is any less of a shock when it happens.

I think the 2 Sisters Group and Food Utopia have a lot to answer for. I suspect the land and assets of the factory are worth all the cloak and dagger business deals that have taken place..........my question is, will the City Council, MPs and Welsh Assembly let them get away with it?

To date, Food Utopia haven't even released an official statement even though staff were briefed yesterday.

It may be that legally they've done nothing wrong, however that doesn't mean they can't be exposed for the moral and underhand way that this has been done.

My heart felt wishes go to all the people and families affected.
Get a grip - these are people that we're talking about who are just about to have their world ripped apart. Just because they were told it was likely to close, it doesn't mean it is any less of a shock when it happens. I think the 2 Sisters Group and Food Utopia have a lot to answer for. I suspect the land and assets of the factory are worth all the cloak and dagger business deals that have taken place..........my question is, will the City Council, MPs and Welsh Assembly let them get away with it? To date, Food Utopia haven't even released an official statement even though staff were briefed yesterday. It may be that legally they've done nothing wrong, however that doesn't mean they can't be exposed for the moral and underhand way that this has been done. My heart felt wishes go to all the people and families affected. PEBL..
  • Score: 0

6:20pm Thu 21 Aug 14

anigel says...

PEBL.. wrote:
Get a grip - these are people that we're talking about who are just about to have their world ripped apart. Just because they were told it was likely to close, it doesn't mean it is any less of a shock when it happens.

I think the 2 Sisters Group and Food Utopia have a lot to answer for. I suspect the land and assets of the factory are worth all the cloak and dagger business deals that have taken place..........my question is, will the City Council, MPs and Welsh Assembly let them get away with it?

To date, Food Utopia haven't even released an official statement even though staff were briefed yesterday.

It may be that legally they've done nothing wrong, however that doesn't mean they can't be exposed for the moral and underhand way that this has been done.

My heart felt wishes go to all the people and families affected.
Let them get away with it? What are you on about. With no / very few orders coming in, no company can keep on employing hundreds of people no matter how much some people believe the labour lies that you can spend your way out of poverty or bankruptcy, the truth is that you need money coming into a business to keep paying it out.
[quote][p][bold]PEBL..[/bold] wrote: Get a grip - these are people that we're talking about who are just about to have their world ripped apart. Just because they were told it was likely to close, it doesn't mean it is any less of a shock when it happens. I think the 2 Sisters Group and Food Utopia have a lot to answer for. I suspect the land and assets of the factory are worth all the cloak and dagger business deals that have taken place..........my question is, will the City Council, MPs and Welsh Assembly let them get away with it? To date, Food Utopia haven't even released an official statement even though staff were briefed yesterday. It may be that legally they've done nothing wrong, however that doesn't mean they can't be exposed for the moral and underhand way that this has been done. My heart felt wishes go to all the people and families affected.[/p][/quote]Let them get away with it? What are you on about. With no / very few orders coming in, no company can keep on employing hundreds of people no matter how much some people believe the labour lies that you can spend your way out of poverty or bankruptcy, the truth is that you need money coming into a business to keep paying it out. anigel
  • Score: 4

12:09am Fri 22 Aug 14

cymruamblyth says...

Newportg wrote:
theviking666 wrote:
Newportg wrote:
theviking666 wrote:
Newportg wrote:
theviking666 wrote:
So what is Rosemary, Paul and the rest of the gang going to do now?
What the hell do you expect them to do about it. You idiot!
to do what they did last time absolutely nothing, just talk and talk, you clown
You're unbelievable! Not everything is the fault of your local representatives.
what is unbelievable is the total lack, of any of your local representatives, saying anything this time round, when sadly there are job losses.
You clearly did not watch the news tonight!
Well there's a subject, now we just need a verb to make a sentence
[quote][p][bold]Newportg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]theviking666[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Newportg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]theviking666[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Newportg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]theviking666[/bold] wrote: So what is Rosemary, Paul and the rest of the gang going to do now?[/p][/quote]What the hell do you expect them to do about it. You idiot![/p][/quote]to do what they did last time absolutely nothing, just talk and talk, you clown[/p][/quote]You're unbelievable! Not everything is the fault of your local representatives.[/p][/quote]what is unbelievable is the total lack, of any of your local representatives, saying anything this time round, when sadly there are job losses.[/p][/quote]You clearly did not watch the news tonight![/p][/quote]Well there's a subject, now we just need a verb to make a sentence cymruamblyth
  • Score: -4

12:12am Fri 22 Aug 14

cymruamblyth says...

Newportg wrote:
theviking666 wrote:
So what is Rosemary, Paul and the rest of the gang going to do now?
What the hell do you expect them to do about it. You idiot!
Why the hell can't you write a coherent sentence you Idiot?

Would have thought Councillors of all party's would be trying to save jobs..
[quote][p][bold]Newportg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]theviking666[/bold] wrote: So what is Rosemary, Paul and the rest of the gang going to do now?[/p][/quote]What the hell do you expect them to do about it. You idiot![/p][/quote]Why the hell can't you write a coherent sentence you Idiot? Would have thought Councillors of all party's would be trying to save jobs.. cymruamblyth
  • Score: -4

2:55pm Fri 22 Aug 14

cymruamblyth says...

My two previous directed to NewportG as It's kinda sad watching G attempt to fit his entire vocabulary into a sentence.

NewportG - you're a person of rare intelligence. It's rare when you show any.
My two previous directed to NewportG as It's kinda sad watching G attempt to fit his entire vocabulary into a sentence. NewportG - you're a person of rare intelligence. It's rare when you show any. cymruamblyth
  • Score: -1

6:31pm Fri 22 Aug 14

anigel says...

cymruamblyth wrote:
Newportg wrote:
theviking666 wrote:
So what is Rosemary, Paul and the rest of the gang going to do now?
What the hell do you expect them to do about it. You idiot!
Why the hell can't you write a coherent sentence you Idiot?

Would have thought Councillors of all party's would be trying to save jobs..
What do you expect them to do? Order several hundred thousand pound worth of cakes using your tax money?
[quote][p][bold]cymruamblyth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Newportg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]theviking666[/bold] wrote: So what is Rosemary, Paul and the rest of the gang going to do now?[/p][/quote]What the hell do you expect them to do about it. You idiot![/p][/quote]Why the hell can't you write a coherent sentence you Idiot? Would have thought Councillors of all party's would be trying to save jobs..[/p][/quote]What do you expect them to do? Order several hundred thousand pound worth of cakes using your tax money? anigel
  • Score: 2

4:23pm Wed 27 Aug 14

mrleebob says...

theviking666 wrote:
So what is Rosemary, Paul and the rest of the gang going to do now?
What are*. My 3 year old has a grasp of basic grammar.
[quote][p][bold]theviking666[/bold] wrote: So what is Rosemary, Paul and the rest of the gang going to do now?[/p][/quote]What are*. My 3 year old has a grasp of basic grammar. mrleebob
  • Score: 0

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