Fears over 400 jobs at mushroom farm in Thakeham

FEARS for 400 jobs at Thakeham Mushroom farm have been voiced as the majority of its staff were put at risk of redundancy.

GMB trade union regional organiser Charles Harrity confirmed 400 of its employee base of around 430 had been notified of the situation at the end of last week.

He said the company had so far refused to enter dialogue with the union and that the news had shocked staff. Its new owners, Irish firm Monaghan Mushrooms has gained planning permission for further development on the company’s site, signalling there would be expansion of its operations.

Mr Harritty expressed concern that staff had been left feeling uncertain about their future.

He said: “The decision to put all jobs at Thakeham Mushrooms at risk is a despicable act. In little over four weeks since the OFT sanctioned the take over by parent company Monaghan Mushrooms, the new owners have completely changed their position. Far from growing the company and securing 400 jobs, it now seems that the whole business is in danger. I have already written to the company challenging their at risk notice.”

Monaghan mushrooms was approached for comment but no-one was available at the time of writing. However, sources close to the company believe it would be seeking to maintain as many staff as possible. For full story see next week’s Herald