Vaughan Gething, Minister for the Economy,
Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Rural Affair and North Wales
As Members are aware, last week, 2 Sisters Poultry Limited, announced it would begin staff consultation in relation to closing their Llangefni plant, which would result in circa 730 job losses on Anglesey. In response, the Welsh Government announced the immediate establishment of a taskforce to offer our full support to affected employees and the wider community.
Today the first meeting of that taskforce took place, attended by senior officials from the Welsh Government with representation from Isle of Anglesey Council, UK Government, DWP, 2 Sisters Poultry Ltd and the Unite Union. Also present were other partners who will be able to advise and inform actions in relation to the wider economic and social impacts of the announcement.
The taskforce collectively reaffirmed its full support for the affected employees and the communities in Anglesey and North Wales following the devastating news.
All members committed to working at pace, with further meetings taking place regularly over the coming weeks. They agreed first and foremost, an objective to investigate new ways to secure the future of the plant and the jobs in Llangefni. In parallel, partners pledged to work together to understand the regional and wider implications of the announcement and to offer all possible support to the workforce.