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More than a third of Campbeltown Creamery’s workforce has been made redundant.
Nine of the company’s 25 employees have lost their jobs following staff consultations after it was announced that First Milk, the co-operative which owns the creamery, intends to sell the site.
A First Milk spokesman told the Courier on Wednesday that all redundant staff officially left the business on July 31, and that ‘the impact was slightly less than originally anticipated’.
The Courier had previously been told that there were ‘potentially roles at risk’ as a result of the restructuring at the creamery but one person who lost their job, who chose not to be named, told the Courier that the news ‘came out of the blue’, adding: ‘It was dreadful, we had consultations on the Monday and then we were told on the Thursday who was going and who wasn’t.’
The First Milk spokesman added: ‘We were successful in mitigating two redundancies by finding jobs at our other sites.’
It is understood that the employees have accepted positions at First Milk’s Lake District Creamery.
The Courier’s source added: ‘They offered us other jobs but I said there’s no way I’m going to the Lake District or Glasgow. It’s a shambles.’
Last month First Milk announced its plans to scale-down operations at Campbeltown Creamery, which is supplied by 29 farms across Kintyre and Gigha, more than a year after it was put up for sale because it is ‘not core to its business strategy for the future’.
It is hoped that the creamery will ultimately be owned by a group of local farmers, who, it is envisaged, will form a new co-operative to run the creamery independently of First Milk.
This week, the First Milk spokesman said that ‘discussions with the farmers continue’ but that he could not give a detailed update at the moment.