Fears for 120 jobs at Gateshead’s Allied Bakeries

  MORE than 100 jobs could be lost after bakery bosses announced plans to shut down production at their North East factory.

Almost 120 staff at the Allied Bakeries plant in Team Valley, have been given 90 days notice that the firm will close the 75-year-old bake house in February.

Politicians described the news as a “terrible blow” for the region’s economy, which only last week saw the number of unemployed rise to 142,000, while union chiefs said workers had been left “shocked” by the news.

Gateshead MP Ian Mearns said he had friends who worked at the bakery, which produces Kingsmill, and received dismayed text messages in the aftermath of the announcement.

 

“It’s terrible news,” he said, “Only last week figures showed unemployment in Gateshead was up around 11.5% and from the job centres we hear that over nine people are chasing every vacancy. This just adds more people into that already crowded jobs market.”

Mr Mearns said that if any solace could be taken, it was that the remainder of the 263 staff should be kept on in a purely distribution and transport depot.

“I think what’s interesting is the firm say this closure is in no way a reflection on the efforts of employees,” he said.

“It just shows how tough the commercial world is that the workers did everything they could and yet the decision has gone against them.”