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Tiger BrandsCity Press reports that up to 300 contractor or temporary jobs have been culled at four plants that Tiger Brands has shut down or where it has suspended operations as the food giant tries to contain the damage caused by its association with the listeriosis crisis.  

The four plants that it has shut down completely or temporarily are the Value Added Meat Product facility in Pretoria, the Enterprise Foods factories in Polokwane and Germiston, and the Clayville abattoir.  Spokesperson Nevashnee Naicker said that these four plants employed about 1,800 permanent workers and 300 contractors.  In addition, there were approximately 140 sales and admin staff across all four sites collectively.  Naicker advised:  “No permanent staff members have been impacted at this stage.  Temporary staff, who are normally assigned by labour brokers, have, however, been impacted.  The number of contractors fluctuates depending on operational requirements, however, approximately 300 contractors are employed collectively across all four sites.”  Naicker said it was premature to comment on job cuts in respect of permanent staff at this stage.  The major trade unions representing workers at the four plants are Fawu and Saccawu.

  • Read this report by Justin Brown in full at Fin24
  • Read too statement by Tiger Brands that listeriosis confirmed found at Polokwane factory, at Politicsweb

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