Union ‘deeply concerned’ at job losses at Palmer & Harvey

Palmer and Harvey, which has a warehouse on Barnes Wallis Road in Fareham, has gone into administration.
Palmer and Harvey, which has a warehouse on Barnes Wallis Road in Fareham, has gone into administration.

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A leading trade union has said it is ‘deeply concerned’ at the news a major national wholesaler has gone into administration.

A total of 2,500 people have lost their jobs at Palmer & Harvey, including 229 at the company’s two sites in Fareham.

Usdaw said it was seeking an urgent meeting with adminstrators to find out what the news would mean for its members.

The union’s national officer Mark Todd said: ‘Usdaw is deeply concerned at the devastating news that Palmer and Harvey has gone into administration and that a significant number of redundancies have already been announced.

‘The announcement is a massive shock to our members and is an extremely distressing situation for all concerned, especially in the run up to Christmas.

‘We will of course be doing everything possible to protect our members interests going forward.’

P&H employs 266 people at sites in Barnes Wallis Road and Crompton Way in Segensworth.

It has appointed PwC as administrator after ‘challenging trading conditions’ put pressure on cash flow, and takeover talks fell through.

Nationally it employs 3,400 people and provides alcohol, groceries and frozen food to 90,000 retail accounts including Tesco.