Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has addressed the news that hundreds of jobs on Anglesey are at risk. Poultry firm 2 Sisters Food Group has today announced plans to close its Llangefni factory, putting 730 jobs at risk.
In a statement, the firm said they propose closing the factory as it is "not sustainable." They said the site is old and smaller than other sites, including its plant at Sandycroft in Deeside, meaning products can be made "more efficiently elsewhere."
Following the announcement Ynys Mon MP Virginia Crosbie raised the news in Prime Minister's Questions. She asked PM Rishi Sunak what support would be given to constituents in light of the "devastating" announcement.
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Addressing Parliament, Ms Crosbie said: "Mr Speaker, I know the Prime Minister will share my concerns at the news this morning that 730 people may lose their jobs at the 2 Sisters chicken factory in Llangefni, one of the largest employers on Ynys Mon. What support can the Government offer to both my constituents who are affected by this devastating news and the wider community at this difficult time?"
The Prime Minister acknowledged the concerns, responding: "Mr Speaker, I am very sorry to hear about the job losses that the honourable lady raises, my thoughts are with those affected and their families. I know how distressing that will be for them.
"I am pleased to say that DWP has procedures in place to support communities when situations like this arise and we will work very closely with her to do what we are doing everywhere across the country and that's provide good, well paid jobs for everyone because that's the best ways to provide a happy and secure life."
Other prominent figures have also reacted to the announcement. In response to the announcement, Rhun ap Iorwerth, MS for Ynys Môn said he plans to raise the news in the Senedd.
He said: “The news that 2 Sisters has decided to start a consultation on closing its plant in Llangefni is truly devastating and my thoughts go out to the more than 700 staff who’ve been informed that their jobs are at risk. I've tabled an emergency question to be discussed in the Senedd this afternoon. Intense and urgent action will be required from the Welsh Government in response to this announcement.
"Firstly, everything has to be done to see if it is possible to change the company's minds in the first place, of course, and to save jobs - or as many as possible - but following today's conversation I wouldn't want to raise hopes. I will fight for as much help as possible for the workers, working with the Welsh Government and Anglesey Council.”
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2 Sisters announced the plans in a statement earlier today which read: "Following a recent review of our UK poultry division, we need to make operational changes to help us overcome the continuing challenges facing the food manufacturing sector. Regrettably, the review shows our Llangefni factory is not sustainable.
"It is old, one of our smallest sites and lacking space to be efficient. The cost to produce here is higher, and it would require significant investment to bring it up to the standards of our other factories. Our products can be made more efficiently elsewhere across our estate.
"Therefore our proposal is to cease operations at the factory, putting the site at risk of closure. Clearly this will be extremely disappointing news for our Llangefni colleagues, and it is no reflection of their continuing hard work and commitment.
"However, we have a duty to remain competitive and protect our wider business on which many thousands of people depend. Our key priority now is to hold meaningful consultations with all affected employees and their representatives and explore the full range of options before making any final decisions about the closure of the site.
"These options will include all redeployment opportunities in the region with the help of all relevant support agencies, both inside and outside the business."