Grimsby MP calls for Young's taskforce

THE new MP for Great Grimsby Melanie Onn has called on the government to set up a task force to secure the future of Young’s Seafood in Grimsby and safeguard hundreds of jobs which she believes could be  at risk.
She made the call on the House of Commons when she told fellow MPs that the port had the 17th highest unemployment rate in the country.
Ms Onn took over from Austin Mitchell in May after he stood down after 38 years as Grimsby’s MP and frequently raised fishing matters in the Commons.
Young’s Seafood was rocked a couple of weeks ago when it was conformed that it had lost a major Sainsbury’s salmon processing contract to rivals  Marine Harvest which has recently opened its own processing factory in Rosyth, Edinburgh. Young’s had held the contract for many years and substantial job losses are expected in both Grimsby and Fraserburgh in Scotland where some salmon processing is also carried out. However, salmon is only one part of the Young’s portfolio. the company has a large Young’s branded products factory in the town and has retained the Sainsbury’s whitefish contract.
Melanie Onn told the Commons: “When I meet with the Prime Minister I will be requesting the government to set up a task force to secure the future of the Young’s site in Grimsby. Representatives from the Government, North East Lincolnshire Council, Young’s Seafood and the trade unions should be working together and doing all they can to support the company and its workforce.
There was better marine jobs news for Grimsby at the weekend, but not in fish. The Danish energy Dong which has just opened a Grimsby HQ and a large windfarm field off the Humber, said it planned to develop another huge offshore windfarm out of Grimsby, creating hundreds of jobs.