Job Fears as Plans to Close Depot Revealed; LOGISTICS

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Job Fears as Plans to Close Depot Revealed; LOGISTICS


Byline: GRAEME BROWN

Major doubts have been cast over 220 jobs at food supplier 3663 First for Foodservice's depot near Lichfield after the company announced plans to close it.

A formal consultation has begun with workers at the Fradley Park depot, although the company said no final decision had been made.

Union leaders say the move would be "devastating" for hundreds of workers who have already accepted changes to their working hours to help the firm through tough times.

A spokesman for 3663 said cuts were being considered after orders were hit by falling demand.

He said: "We can confirm that we are currently considering the possible closure of Lichfield depot but no final deci-siohas yet been made.

"The continued impact of the current economic climate and a subsequent decrease in business volumes has lead us to review the infrastructure of the 3663 Logistics business.

"After an analysis of business efficiency, it has become necessary to con-sidethe potential reduction in the number of logistics sites. Based on geographical location and additional capacity at other sites, the possible closure of Lichfield depot is currently being consid-ered. No final decision has been made and we will be entering into full collective consultation with the affected employees at the beginning of July.

"The proposed closure in no way reflects on the commitment, quality and dedication of the staff at the Lichfield depot. As a result of the consultation process we are unable to disclose any further detail at this point in time," the spokesman added.

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