Good news. It would seem that the jobs at Thanet Earth are now beginning to come 'on stream'.
My thanks to a reader, Anon of 15.17) who has posted on 'Peppers & Tomatoes....(2 Feb 2009).
The posting is copied below for info:
"Here are some Thanet jobs. http://www.kentstaff.co.uk/info/packers-required-for-thanet-earth-marketing-ltd/There's more on the Thanet Earth website too. www.thanetearth.com."
17 February 2009 15:17
Bertie has had a chat with Thanet Earth over at Seamark Road and it would seem that the cold weather has not delayed growing (although I dread to think of the extra heating bills) and picking will commence in late March. Pickers are recruited by the 3 firms who are running the 3 glasshouses and no-one could tell me how many pickers are being recruited but if you want a warm working environment, log your details into the portal provided on The Thanet Earth Website. No information was forthcoming on HGV vehicle movements as millions of peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers leave Thanet!
Once the pickers have picked, produce is taken to a central packing station and here 'packers' pack. It would seem that 60 'packers' are needed to start work in early March. Thanet Earth tell me that the response to their website online application system has been such that advertising in local papers was not necessary.
The packers will be recruited and employed by Kent Staff Services 2000 Ltd who hold a Gangmasters Licencing Authority (GLA) Licence. Martha, in their Folkestone Office, stated that they have some applicants in Folkestone but will be in Kent Staff Services Office at 24 Bellevue Road, Ramsgate, CT11 8LE between 1000 and 1600hrs on Thu 26 Feb and Fri 27 Feb to recruit Thanet 'packers'. The rate is £5.73 per hour and no transport will be laid on to and from work.
If anyone knows more about the 'picking' situation and jobs as pickers please let me know.