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Outsourcing means loss of 50 jobs at Guelph plant

Around 50 people who drive trucks for Cargill’s Guelph meat processing facility will be out of a job come February.
The company announced Wednesday it plans to outsource its transportation needs at its Guelph beef processing plant to a third-party provider. The decision was based on the company’s “commitment to operate its business in a cost- competitive manner,” a news release said. “We at Cargill have an obligation to deliver service to our customers in the most economical manner possible,” Cargill Meat Solutions general manager Matt Gibney said in the release.
“Continuing to operate our own transportation business was making it difficult for us to serve our customers as efficiently as we should,” he said. “It’s not part of our core business, which involves producing safe, nutritious, affordable beef products for Canadian consumers and international customers.”
About 50 union and salaried employees are expected to be impacted.
The company will work closely with the United Food and Commercial Workers union throughout the transition process, the release said.
“We truly appreciate the contributions that everyone who will be impacted has made, and we will be taking the necessary measures to ensure that every impacted employee will have access to career transition services as well as appropriate severance packages,” said Gibney. Cargill says it has identified a carrier for its future transportation needs, but it did not say who that carrier is.

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