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Machine Ripped Out Of Doomed Bakery

Friday September 6 2013

MACHINERY has been stripped out of a doomed Barnsley bakery following its closure and 123 employees losing their jobs.

Employees hung up their aprons for the final time as La Baguette Doree, on Carlton Industrial Estate, closed for good on August 30.

The closure was announced in June and workers were despondent and morale was low, with most saying they would 'sit it out' until the closure.

The positions made redundant included managerial staff, administrative staff and shop floor employees.

Workers at the bakery, which was part of the Fletcher's Group, were offered redeployment to sister companies in Sheffield and London but many said it wasn't a viable option.

Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis said the closure heralded the biggest single job loss in the two-and-a-half years or so since he became the MP for the area.

Sam Vickers, from the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union, blamed the closure on the Barnsley bakery's sister company, London-based Grain D'Or, losing a lucrative contract with Tesco worth £16million.

The bakery was set up in 1991 as a bake-off site for Marks and Spencer frozen baguettes.

Over two decades, it built up a national distribution business supplying retail customers, in-store bakeries and food service customers.

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Reply Posted by Gypsum Fantastic on Wednesday September 11 2013 at 15:16
Some weird emotive language in WAB headlines lately. Machinery's "ripped out" not "removed" or "taken away" etc. Makes it sound really violent and unpleasant.

The other day it was the council "raking in" money from parking charges. OK, we can argue about whether parking is too expensive, but still that's a weirdly emotional way to express facts.

It's a bit like reading Daily Mail headlines.

Reply Posted by britgal on Wednesday September 11 2013 at 15:53
feel for the workers having to loose their jobs like sooooo many others in this climate. but ffs having a job in sheffield wasnt viable for them.... but yet it would be viable for them to apply for jobseekers and other benefits when the time comes...

Reply Posted by Alex on Tuesday September 17 2013 at 00:19
Well britgal, I hope you don't claim benefits when you (if you are working) lose you job.

I think people like you forget that these people paid their tax when they were working and have every right to claim some of it back.

Reply Posted by Clare ledger-potter on Wednesday September 11 2013 at 16:15
I worked there for 7 years before mi icing on to manor bakery , such a shame.

Reply Posted by Nini on Wednesday September 11 2013 at 16:16
The jobs that where not viable where the jobs in London not Sheffield!! The jobs that where on offer at Sheffield site was mainly skilled jobs so eliminated quite a few applications. The way things are written aren't always in depth enough for comments like yours britgal

Reply Posted by observer on Thursday September 12 2013 at 13:13
i agree nini. britgal is out of order. she doesnt know the full implications of circumstances of why working in the big poo hole isnt viable. it would prolly mean getting up an hour or 2 earlier to get to work. and the same returning home. if some have families etc it is not viable. and wrong to assume these people are going to head straight for benefits is a silly remark. always remember, you should work to live. not live to work

Reply Posted by Gazza on Monday September 16 2013 at 22:39
Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis was a lot of help then with sounds of his statement

Reply Posted by Tonty THE Trainer on Friday September 20 2013 at 20:26
An end of an era when LBD finally closed its doors for ever. I will never find employers like these again. The headline above is very over the top.