Up to 211 jobs may go as Fletchers’ Sheffield bakery is “reshaped”, following a strategic review.The review identified a range of loss-making product lines that may be axed, if customers agree.Production for the remaining range would be moved to a five- day week from the current 24/7 shift patterns.A 90-day consultation with the site’s 550 staff has started. The plans would impact all functions, areas and departments.Employees are also being consulted over changes to the full range of terms and conditions. If proposals go ahead, the new working arrangements would start from 10 December 2007.A spokesman for owner Vision Capital said the bakery, bought from Northern Foods last year, needed “urgent action” to provide a platform for growth, after several years of “significant losses”.Some £5m capital investment was planned at Fletchers’ sister manufacturing sites in London, Barnsley and Manchester, which had also been reviewed, he added. No redundancies were planned.Peter Williams, general manager at Sheffield said: “We will be consulting fully with all potentially affected employees and keeping them in the picture. These proposals are vital to secure the future of Fletchers Bakeries in Sheffield.”Merlita Bryan, district secretary for the Bakers, Food & Allied Workers Union (BFAWU), said the company had met with unions this week and was due to hold another meeting on Monday. She said some 150 job losses were expected on the manual and driving side.”Moving to a five-day week, plus changes to terms and conditions, which we expect to include overtime and holiday pay, is a double whammy. This is another major blow, following on from floods and a series of setbacks.”Fletchers suffered damage in a fire in July 2006, while in February, 74 jobs were axed.
California-Bred Warren’s Showtime Smokes Late To Take $75,000 China Doll Stakes By A Half Length; Warren Homebred, Ridden By Velez & Trained By Lewis, Gets Mile On Turf 1:36.24 ARCADIA, Calif. (March 7, 2020)–Mid-pack among a field of 13 sophomore fillies heading to the far turn, Benjamin and Sally Warren’s homebred Warren’s Showtime somehow found room a furlong from home and roared up the rail to take Saturday’s $75,000 China Doll Stakes by a half length. A California-bred daughter of red hot sire Clubhouse Ride, Warren’s Showtime, who was ridden by apprentice Jorge Velez and is trained by Craig Lewis, got a mile on turf in 1:36.24.A winner of the California Cup Oaks at one mile on turf here Jan. 18, Warren’s Showtime was off as the narrow 3-1 favorite over highly regarded Irish-bred Stela Star and paid $8.00, $4.20 and $3.00.Out of Warren’s Grade I winning Affirmative mare Warren’s Veneda, Warren’s Showtime picked up her third stakes win, all in combination with Velez, and registered her fourth overall win from seven starts. With the winner’s share of $45,000, she now has earnings of $281,271.Ridden by Joel Rosario and trained by John Sadler, Stela Star was the second choice at 3-1, as she attracted roughly $900.00 less than the winner, returning $4.80 and $3.60.Head and head for the lead with longshot Roadrunner’s Honor to the far turn, Bella Vita spurted two lengths clear a furlong out, but was no match for the top two late. Ridden by Flavien Prat, California-bred Bella Vita was off at 4-1 and paid $3.80 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.43, 47.84, 1:12.30 and 1:24.37.
With David Kidwell taking the head coaching job for the New Zealand national team, Taylor will be joined by Andrew Webster, Paul Stringer and Craig Sandercock next season.Webster re-joins the club after spending the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at the New Zealand Warriors.Stringer steps up from the NSW Cup team while Sandercock continues his role from last season.“We are all really excited by the new coaching structure at the Club,” Jason Taylor said. “It’s going to allow us to achieve some really detailed coaching, which is what we’ve been striving for.“To have an extra assistant Coach on the roster is going to be make a big difference to the quality of coaching that we can get done and I’m confident it will improve the overall performance of the team.”