THE Unite trade union has called for an urgent meeting with the management of Icelandic Seachill in Grimsby, following the weekend announcement that one of the town’s largest employers had been put up for sale. Job security is the union’s main concern.
The announcement was made by the board of Icelandic Group which owns the chilled fish processor and employs 750 people at two Grimsby sites. Unite has about 180 members at Seachill, mainly working in production roles.
Unite regional officer Mike Wilkinson said,“We will be seeking an urgent meeting with the management in regards to the future job security of our members and to understand the rationale behind the sale of the company.
“We understand that the company has had a significant improvement in sales recently, so why has the business been put up for sale? We will require an answer to that question.
He added: “Unite understands that this is a worrying and uncertain time for the dedicated and hardworking workforce. We will be giving our members the union’s maximum support in the days and weeks ahead.”
Relations between the two sides have not always been harmonious. It was almost a year ago that the same union threatened industrial action against the company, accusing it of cutting overtime to pay for the new living wage and pressurising the workforce to accept the deal. The union took its case to the European Commission in Brussels, but the protest eventually petered out after Icelandic Seachill lost part of a M&S contract which threatened the loss of fish processing jobs in the town.