Unite anger at Cromer job losses

by - 9th December 2011, 16.06 GMT

70 jobs are to go at the Cromer Crab Company, a move Unite has branded “disgraceful” this close to Christmas.

Unite members are infuriated at the news they will receive their redundancy letters as management announced the ‘first batch’ of redundancies at the iconic crab processing plant – weeks before the the 90-day consultation period was due to conclude.

Unite regional officer Ivan Crane, said: “Just weeks away from Christmas, these letters sent out to staff telling them that they will shortly be made redundant is nothing short of disgraceful. Our members are infuriated that even before the consultation period had finished, management have decided what will happen.

“The proposed closure, of one of the towns’ biggest employers, will have a profound effect on local community, the surrounding district and has left this committed and loyal workforce feeling as though they are being abandoned.

“We continue to urge management to rethink the move as its success and growth has been built around a product that is part of the heritage of Cromer. We believe the company has an obligation to this town and that the Cromer Crab Company should remain in Cromer.”

The 230 staff now face a very bleak Christmas, uncertain of their future. They were left devastated by the announcement two months ago by parent company, Young’s Seafood Limited, that the famous shellfish processing company was proposing to close.

The people of Cromer have been proudly processing its famous crabs for decades and closure of the Cromer Crab Company, one of the biggest employers in the town, will have an immense effect on the local economy.

The threat to the iconic site has rallied the local community who have shown tremendous support for the workforce in their fight to safe the processing plant.