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Ministry of Food Closes – Temporally

The Ministry of Food in Rotherham Town Centre which is part funded by RMBC and the NHS closed yesterday with immediate effect amidst Health and Safety fears relating to the condition of the premises. Ministry of Food Rotherham

The shop on All Saints Square was turned into a social enterprise kitchen where two full-time staff, several part-time staff and a very loyal and committed group of volunteers run cooking courses. Since the project opened in July 2008 it has shown more than 10,000 people how to cook.

The shop it’s self has become a focal point for the town centre.

People having a cooking lesson

GMB places the health, safety and welfare of its members at the very top of the agenda and is dedicated to providing a service that supports our members in their aims to achieve better working conditions.  The GMB have become aware that Health and Safety issues have been brought to the attention of RMBC (who employs the staff) on previous occasions and have only taken action since one of the members of staff had an accident on the premises.

The GMB firmly believes that the course of action that has been taken is reactive rather than the sensible proactive approach RMBC usually takes with issues of Health and Safety.

The GMB is also aware that the future of the Ministry of Food project is uncertain for financial reasons and we would hope that these Health and Safety issues are not used as an excuse to remove support for the very successful project.

Please sign the online petition to urge RMBC to re-open the facility.

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Posted: 27th June 2013

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