It has just been announced by the BBC that the Welsh Country Foods abattoir in Gaerwen will make
We can now add these to the long list of Anglesey redundancies over the past couple of years:
- Anglesey Country Foods, Gaerwen - 181 jobs (April 2010)
- Anglesey Aluminium, Holyhead - 450 jobs
- Eaton Electric, Holyhead - 250 jobs
- Eastman Chemical Company (Peboc), Llangefni - 100 jobs
- Vion - Llangefni plant went down to one shift - 140 jobs
- Menai Electrical, Gaerwen - 50 jobs
Anglesey Country Foods, Gaerwen - 200 jobs (January 2010)
The total now stands at
These further job losses underline how important the coming election will be for Anglesey's future. What the Island needs now is jobs - lots and lots of jobs - and somebody with the experience and vision to help create them. We can't afford to continue with the ineffectual, responsibility-dodging Albert Owen - yet the bookies' favourite, Plaid Cymru's Dylan Rees, is no better. He has worked in the public sector all his life and has zero business nous. Neither of them have the experience, ability or business vision to help reconstruct Anglesey.
UPDATE: Embarrassing climb down time. As a commenter correctly points out below these are not 181 new redundancies but the confirmation of the 200 possible redundancies first announced by the company in January. I'm afraid I got the wrong end of the stick when I posted about it last night. Apologies to all for any confusion. However, this is still bad news and doesn't change the thrust of my argument above.