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Dairy Crest takeover: Unite to seek job assurances

Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest union, is seeking an urgent meeting with Saputo, the Canadian diary giant, following today’s announcement that the company has tabled a takeover bid for Dairy Crest.

Unite represents workers across Dairy Crest’s UK operation with its greatest concertation of membership at the Davidstow cheese plant in Cornwall.

Unite national officer for the food industry Sue Pollard said: “Unite is cautiously optimistic that Saputo is seeking to develop Dairy Crest’s operation in the UK over the long-term.

“Unite is now seeking an urgent meeting with the senior management at Saputo to receive detailed information about the company’s plans and secure assurances about employment levels and a commitment to maintaining existing plants.”


Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235.


Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey..


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