Unite, Britain's biggest union, has demanded an urgent meeting with Graphic Packaging International following the announcement on 5 June that the company was closing its Gillingham factory with the loss of 170 jobs.
The company has already begun the 45 day consultation period with Unite and the union will be urging the company to look at all possibilities for re-location and the best possible deal for the workforce.
Unite national officer Ian Tonks said: "This is a very difficult time for the workforce and they have a right to be angry that they face redundancy. Unite will be demanding the company does everything possible to support the workers affected. At a time when unemployment is high and good jobs are hard to find, employers should be going out of their way to find the best deal possible for workers who have given years of loyalty."
The Graphic Packaging International manufactures cartons at the Gillingham site. The company is proposing to cease operations by 30 September 2013.
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Notes to editors:
- 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.