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Devastation for workers as Sonae confirms closure

Devastation for workers as Sonae confirms closure

14 September 2012

Workers at the Sonae factory in Kirkby have been left devastated with the announcement that the site will cease all manufacturing today (Friday), said Unite, the UK’s biggest union.

The 90-day consultation process began on 6 August with the hope of saving the site and 220 jobs. However, today’s announcement has confirmed the workers’ worst fears.

Unite regional officer, Graham Cain, said: “This news is a devastating blow for the workforce who were hopeful that the site may be saved.

“Unite has done everything possible for its members to ensure they receive the best redundancy package. We will be doing all we can to assist the workers finding alternative employment.

“This is a very sad day for the workers and a further blow to manufacturing in the north west.”

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For further information contact Unite regional officer Graham Cain on 07960 091801 or Ashraf Choudhury in the Unite press office on 020 3371 2061 or 07980 224761.

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 union’s general secretary is Len McCluskey.


Unite Finance Sector Officer, Daryl Williams said: "The decision to move work out to the Indian operation comes as a big blow to the workforce in Liverpool on top of the 74 job cuts already announced earlier this year. At a time when many companies are bringing offshored work back to the UK, Unite believes that this decision is a retrograde step by Diligenta.

Unite Finance Sector Officer, Daryl Williams said: "The decision to move work out to the Indian operation comes as a big blow to the workforce in Liverpool on top of the 74 job cuts already announced earlier this year. At a time when many companies are bringing offshored work back to the UK, Unite believes that this decision is a retrograde step by Diligenta.

Unite Press Release

For immediate release: Tuesday, 25 September, 2012

Unite condemns Diligenta over plans to offshore Liverpool jobs

Unite has condemned Diligenta’s announcement today (25 September) that up to 140 jobs will be axed at its offices in Liverpool.

Diligenta, an outsourcing company owned by India parent company Tata, plans to move the administration and processing of its Life and Pensions policies to their operation in Kolkata, India. Over 40 jobs will transfer before the end of 2012 with further phases in 2013 which will result in a further 100 job losses.

Unite Finance Sector Officer, Daryl Williams said:"The decision to move work out to the Indian operation comes as a big blow to the workforce in Liverpool on top of the 74 job cuts already announced earlier this year. At a time when many companies are bringing offshored work back to the UK, Unite believes that this decision is a retrograde step by Diligenta.

“We have been in discussions with Diligenta and welcome the company’s commitment to no compulsory redundancies and enhanced redundancy pay which will protect our members’ livelihoods but the wider impact of the jobs being lost to the economy on Merseyside will also be damaging.”

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For further information please contact Unite communications officer, Karen Viquerat on 07768 931 316.

 

 

Karen Viquerat

Communications Officer

Unite the Union

2 Churchill Way

Liverpool

L3 8EF

 

Tel: 0151 559 2003

Mobile: 07768 931 316

Fax: 0151 298 1936

Email: Karen.Viquerat@UnitetheUnion.org

 Unite Press Release

For immediate release: Tuesday, 25 September, 2012

Unite condemns Diligenta over plans to offshore Liverpool jobs
Unite has condemned Diligenta’s announcement today (25 September) that up to 140 jobs will be axed at its offices in Liverpool.
Diligenta, an outsourcing company owned by India parent company Tata, plans to move the administration and processing of its Life and Pensions policies to their operation in Kolkata, India. Over 40 jobs will transfer before the end of 2012 with further phases in 2013 which will result in a further 100 job losses.
Unite Finance Sector Officer, Daryl Williams said: "The decision to move work out to the Indian operation comes as a big blow to the workforce in Liverpool on top of the 74 job cuts already announced earlier this year. At a time when many companies are bringing offshored work back to the UK, Unite believes that this decision is a retrograde step by Diligenta.
“We have been in discussions with Diligenta and welcome the company’s commitment to no compulsory redundancies and enhanced redundancy pay which will protect our members’ livelihoods but the wider impact of the jobs being lost to the economy on Merseyside will also be damaging.”
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For further information please contact Unite communications officer, Karen Viquerat on 07768 931 316.


Karen Viquerat
Communications Officer
Unite the Union
2 Churchill Way
Liverpool
L3 8EF

Tel: 0151 559 2003
Mobile: 07768 931 316
Fax: 0151 298 1936
Email: Karen.Viquerat@UnitetheUnion.org