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Post date: 11/12/2011 - 02:23

Wincanton gets out of food service industry. Questions and Answers

EMPLOYEE KEY QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
1. Why are you withdrawing from the Foodservice business?
Wincanton has made an executive decision to withdraw from the Foodservice
business. It is not a reflection of the employees who have worked on this sector.
2. Who is affected by the proposal?
All employees currently employed by Wincanton on the Foodservice operations at
Trafford Park, Hoddesdon, Bathgate and Bristol.
3. How many people are effected
In total, approximately 400 people based at Trafford Park, Hoddesdon, Bristol or
Bathgate may become part of Kuehne+Nagel Limited or Brakes Logistics.
4. What is TUPE

EMPLOYEE KEY QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
1. Why are you withdrawing from the Foodservice business?
Wincanton has made an executive decision to withdraw from the Foodservice
business. It is not a reflection of the employees who have worked on this sector.
2. Who is affected by the proposal?
All employees currently employed by Wincanton on the Foodservice operations at
Trafford Park, Hoddesdon, Bathgate and Bristol.
3. How many people are effected
In total, approximately 400 people based at Trafford Park, Hoddesdon, Bristol or
Bathgate may become part of Kuehne+Nagel Limited or Brakes Logistics.
4. What is TUPE

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The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE) 2006
are designed to protect employees where a business or undertaking is transferred from
one employer to another. The main effect of TUPE applying is that the employment of
employees is automatically transferred (unless the employee objects) from the
transferor to the transferee.
5. Will my main Wincanton Terms and Conditions of Employment change?
Should you transfer to either Kuehne+Nagel Limited and Brakes Logistics under the
TUPE legislation, your contract of employment and main Wincanton terms and
conditions of employment will transfer to either Kuehne+Nagel Limited and Brakes
Logistics under the TUPE legislation with the exception of pensions.
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6. What is meant by a 'period of consultation'?
A TUPE 'period of consultation' is a process through which employees and their
representatives are given time to understand the implications of what may affect them
with a change of employer and the transfer process in general. It is also an opportunity
for you to ask questions and raise any queries in order to satisfy yourself generally that
you know what is happening.
7. What will the consultation period for Foodservice sites consist of?
Wincanton has now entered into a period of informing/consulting with all affected
employees, Kuehne+Nagel Limited and Brakes Logistics will be available to meet with
employees and their representatives alongside the TUPE consultation process run by
Wincanton. Collective consultation will commence immediately with union
representatives and employee representatives once elected.
Wincanton, Kuehne+Nagel Limited and Brakes Logistics will undertake separate and
joint consultations on the implications of proposed withdrawal of the Foodservice
business. It is understood that alongside the collective consultations process,
Kuehne+Nagel Limited and Brakes Logistics will be available to meet with employees.
8. How will Wincanton consult with Managers and AT graded employees?
It is proposed that a consultative forum of management and AT graded employees
will be established shortly for each site.
9. If I transfer, will I still have continuous service?
Yes. Should you transfer to Kuehne+Nagel Limited or Brakes Logistics, your existing
service and starting date with Wincanton will be protected and transfer to
Kuehne+Nagel Limited or Brakes Logistics.
10. Will there be redundancies?
Yes, should the proposal go ahead, unfortunately there may be a number of
redundancies? It is anticipated that Wincanton will consult (on behalf of Kuehne+Nagel
Limited and Brakes Logistics) on a collective and individual basis with regards to the
actual numbers of employees affected.
11. What happens to my pension?
As part of the consultation process, separate briefings will be held by Wincanton
company pensions representatives to explain what individual options are available to
you.
12. Will I have to move to a different site?
It is proposed that The Restaurant Group (TRG) business will transfer to Brakes
Logistics and the Spirit business will transfer to Kuehne+Nagel Limited.
It is proposed that the TRG operation will withdraw from all the existing Wincanton sites
and be integrated into the existing Brakes Logistics network across the UK.
Kuehne+Nagel are proposing that they will retain operations for the Spirit business at
the existing Trafford Park site but will transfer the remaining Hoddesdon and outbase
site operations into their existing network across the UK.
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Once Kuehne+Nagel Limited and Brakes Logistics have provided the detail of their
proposed measures, Wincanton will confirm the specific detail on a collective and
individual basis with regards to the proposed locations of where the work will transfer
to.
13. If Hoddesdon closes down and I do not transfer to Kuehne+Nagel Limited or Brakes
Logistics, will there be any redeployment opportunities within Wincanton?
Wincanton will endeavour to find suitable redeployment opportunities should this
scenario arise.
14. Will we meet the Kuehne+Nagel Limited and Brakes Logistics management teams?
It is anticipated that Kuehne+Nagel Limited and Brakes Logistics management teams
will be available to meet with you alongside the TUPE consultation process run by
Wincanton.
15. What happens after today?
It is very much business as usual, i.e. we must provide continuity of service for our
customers.
From a communications/consultation perspective further communications will take
place to keep you up to date with what is happening.
Please look at the notice board on a regular basis to ensure you are aware of the up to
date information.
16. What if I have any further questions?
Consultations will commence today and you will be kept informed of developments.
Meanwhile, if you have any immediate questions you should put these in writing to your
line manager. Questions will be consolidated and answers will be provided through the
consultation process and these answers will be published on the Communications
board.
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