Tulip, the UK’s biggest pork processor, has announced the permanent closure of one of its manufacturing sites after 10 of its workforce tested positive for Covid-19.
The news follows a consultation with employee representatives over the future of its Tipton Site, West Midlands, which employs a 600-strong workforce, after concerns were raised about the dwindling outputs of the plant at the start of March (March 4).
Despite working with Public Health England (PHE) Midlands to ensure a range of infection control measures were put in place to protect staff, Tulip has now confirmed (June 23) it has reached a decision ‘to close its fresh pork manufacturing site, which was confirmed to all employees upon the end of consultation on June 10’.
With more than 600 jobs now at risk of redundancy, a Tulip spokesperson said: “The business is now in individual consultations with those impacted by the decision.
“Support is being made available to all those implicated in the site closure to explore opportunities for deployment within the Tulip network as well as employment opportunities outside the business in the local area.”
The closure is the latest in a string, which saw three meat plants temporarily close across England and Wales, most recently at the Kepak site in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales (June 23), due to Covid-19 outbreaks on site, with plants now urged to apply PHE guidance ‘rigorously’ as the lockdown eases.
The timing of the Tipton closure date will now form part of on going discussions during individual consultations.