3/28/2014

Concerns Over Job Losses At Creamery

There is growing concern that up to 50 jobs could be lost at Fivemiletown Creamery in Co Tyrone.

It is understood the owners are thinking of putting the business up for sale, but if a potential buyer does not choose to keep the plant open, then the jobs could be lost.

According to reports, for any sale to go forward it must receive a majority vote by the Dairy's co-operative members.

Ulster Unionist MLA Tom Elliott has said the potential job losses would be a "huge blow" to the local community.

"The news of potential job losses at this dairy business, which has been in existence for well over 100 years is very demoralising for the entire community.

"While the exact reasons for the news is not known, the outcome could be disastrous for the entire community, but especially for approximately 50 staff and 60 milk suppliers," he said.

"The Creamery in Fivemiletown has been a very successful business for many years, winning award after award. It has also provided a very steady form of employment for people in the surrounding area and has had a great relationship with the dairy farmers that have been supplying the milk to the mainly cheese making plant.

"I trust this business can be saved and production continue at the factory. I have asked for discussions with the management and hope they can take place in the near future."

SDLP Agriculture spokesman Joe Byrne also expressed his concern, saying: "If the Fivemiletown Creamery were to close it would be a huge loss to the area. I think it is vital that Fivemiletown Creamery survives and provides a service to the dairy farmers of Clougher Valley and continues to produce premier cheese."

(JP)

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