The threat to 270 jobs at meat manufacturer Tulip Ltd in Bodmin is ‘another shockwave to the already battered Cornish economy’, Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, said today (Wednesday 23 October).

The company said that it was starting the 45-day consultation process over proposals to cease production at the site, with 270 roles at risk of redundancy. The consultation period is expected to end on 9 December.

Unite regional officer Deborah Hopkins said: “This is another blow for Bodmin – Tulip used to be one of the primary employers in Bodmin and the local community will suffer greatly from these losses just before Christmas.

“This gives us a measure of the impact of continuing political and economic uncertainty in Cornwall, causing the ongoing shrinkage of our manufacturing economy. This is another shockwave to the already battered Cornish economy.

“Tulip has described political uncertainty as a cause for its problems and Bodmin will pay the price for this.

“The relentless loss of jobs from Tulip in recent years reflects other job losses from food and drink processing across Cornwall, primarily in the middle and east of the county, at a time when wages are stagnating. This problem is compounded by underemployment and in-work poverty which are escalating.

“Bodmin has some of the poorest areas in the country so this further loss of work and incomes to the town are a cause of deep concern. 

“The families in Bodmin affected by this will struggle to find work that provides security for their families and an income that will pay the bills.

“What we are seeing is workers being made redundant in the food processing sector and then they are shunted to another similar, often low paid, job – and then that site closes. It is a terrible downward spiral that erodes hope.

“Bodmin’s economy specifically and Cornwall’s more generally deserve investment and the opportunity to grow, rather than the current diet of declining incomes and lost jobs

“Unite will continue to work with our members at Tulip, which has a record of not engaging with trade unions, to support them as they face this new blow to the county’s economy.

“We would welcome the opportunity for constructive talks with the management at Tulip to see what can be done to keep this plant operating.”


Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Unite press office is on:  020 3371 2065

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