More layoffs at Cavendish Farms plant

Colin MacLean
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NEW ANNAN – The Cavendish Farms plant in New Annan laid off another 23 people Thursday.

Cavendish Farms plant in New Annan.

According to a statement from the company, the affected positions include 20 hourly employees and three staff positions. 

“Today, we are meeting with those impacted by this change to discuss their personal situations. Human Resources will provide support with outplacement services and assistance with Employment Insurance claims. The changes are effective immediately,” wrote Mary Keith, a spokesperson for parent company J.D. Irving Ltd.

She added that the hourly workers have the option of remaining on the recall list.

Keith pointed to increased competition from new potato product production capacity from North America and Europe as the reason for reduction.    

Today’s move follows the reduction of 60 positions from the plant in November.

The New Annan plant has employed more than 700 at its peak and operates year-round.

Organizations: Employment Insurance, Irving

Geographic location: North America, Europe

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  • Cheap Labor
    February 20, 2014 - 21:33

    This is code for lets get rid of some decent paying jobs for Islanders and replace them with cheap foreign labor and pay minimum wage. This should help the bottom line.Thank you Irvings. You cant take it with you.

  • Disgusted
    February 20, 2014 - 18:58

    Where's the government when you need them. Again the rich do not have (enough) profit, so the worker has to pay.

  • Megan maccaull
    February 20, 2014 - 17:35

    Irving is junk, don't care what so ever about his workers!!!

  • laurie
    February 20, 2014 - 17:04

    I don't see how they can lay off 60 then hire most of them back ,then turn around and lay off more. What is going on out there. I was one of the ones that got layed off in November but took the payout so didn't go back but really this is crazy.

    • One possible answer
      February 21, 2014 - 14:45

      Maybe Cavendish is trying to scare the farmers into taking an even worse price for their potatoes in 2014, and have stooped to using their staff to deliver a "message" that suggests times are tough?? You're right about the November layoffs and rehires. Why now, when contract negotiations are just starting with the farmers? Instead of valuing their farmers and their staff, the company uses them all as disposable. We need a new approach. A partnership instead of a master/servant model. The successful companies are moving in that direction. Why can't we?

  • brian macnaught
    February 20, 2014 - 16:56

    hope all of the great people on PEI do not beleave all of this B...S....back to the government for more funding for there pockets.

  • janet woods
    February 20, 2014 - 15:00

    Don't be surprise that they will replace the positions with foreigners like they did in NL. Not that i have anything against people trying to better their lives. Shouldn't they put us first ?? They know that they can pay little as nothing to foreigners wages !! So the big guys win , and the little people suffer !!

  • worried
    February 20, 2014 - 13:37

    What is the island coming to??? No jobs ei cuts and the government is really only concerned about criminals and junkies well being..messed think its time for someone to wake up