A total of 175 workers at the Bluestar Fibres Company in Grimsby face losing their jobs in a move that Unite described as “a hammer blow” for the employees and the local economy.
Unite, the country’s largest union, said that the Chinese-owned company blamed the economic climate for the redundancies which will take place in two tranches in July and December. The company employs about 210 staff.
The union said that the plant, that makes carbonised fibres for use in a broad range of aerospace, sporting goods and industrial applications, would be “virtually mothballed”.
Unite will be liaising with the company to set up outplacement support for those affected – and is due to meet the management again on Friday 3 May.
Unite regional officer Ian Wood said: “This is a hammer blow for the workers, their families and the local economy in Grimsby. This is a highly-skilled workforce and finding similar jobs in Humberside will be very difficult.
“We had meaningful talks with management today (Thursday 25 April), and both the company and the union are working towards the best possible outcome for those concerned.
“The workforce is naturally upset by the news; however the company has nothing but praise for the workplace and quoted the economic downturn as the force driving these measures.
“More generally, the economy is flatlining and today’s GDP figures demonstrate that the government needs to change course and produce a manufacturing strategy that creates jobs.
“Its current policy is destroying highly-skilled manufacturing jobs – not creating them.”
For further information please contact Ian Wood on 07736 479 808 and/or Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.