The threat to 300 jobs at Aylesford Newsprint, after the Kent company announced today (Monday 23 February) that it was going into administration was described as “a bitter blow to the workforce and local economy” by Unite, the country’s largest union.
Unite regional officer Tim Elliot said that he was due to meet the management and also the shop stewards tomorrow (Tuesday 24 February) to ascertain the reasons for the company going into administration and what options were available to maintain employment at the firm.
Tim Elliot said: “This has come as a traumatic blow to the workforce and their families and also the Kent economy as it is one of the biggest employers in the area.
“I am meeting management and the Unite reps tomorrow to see what can be done to secure a future for the company. We have 150 Unite members working at this plant which is one of the few companies to produce newsprint in the UK.
“We will be doing all we can to assist our members at this very difficult time and will be talking to all interested parties.”
The company, which has been owned by US investment holding company Martland Holdings for the last couple of years, produces more than 400,000 tonnes of recycled newsprint every year. It has been manufacturing in Kent since 1922.
For further information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940 and/or the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065.
Notes to editors:
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.