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Heinz urged to rethink Aunt Bessie’s potato factory closure

Heinz urged to rethink Aunt Bessie’s potato factory closure

08 October 2014

Responding to the news that Heinz is to close its Norwich-based Aunt Bessie’s plant with the loss of 200 jobs, Julia Long, the national officer for Unite the union with responsibility for food manufacturing, said: “This is devastating news for the workforce, and so close to Christmas. Two hundred families face a very bleak time unless we can persuade Heinz to think again.

“It is particularly concerning that Heinz is planning only 45 days to consult on their closure plans.  This is a direct consequence of the current government’s law change which allows companies to walk away from communities in a matter of weeks.  We would urge Heinz to think again and work with us to find another solution.”

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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.