The 540-strong workforce at Imperial Tobacco’s plant in Nottingham has voted overwhelmingly to accept a ‘substantial’ redundancy package which was negotiated by Unite, the country’s largest union.
Imperial Tobacco is due to close its factory in Nottingham in May 2016, ending a link with cigarette making in the East Midlands city that stretches back to the 1830s.
Unite regional officer Luke Primarolo said: “The closure of the Imperial Tobacco factory is a bitter blow for the workforce and very serious for the local Nottinghamshire economy. It ends a link with the city that goes back to the first half of the 19th century.
“Unite and the GMB union have negotiated what we feel is a substantial redundancy package for our members, but this should not distract from the fact the staff will have to find new jobs.
“The first redundancies will not occur until 1 December this year and the factory is due to close in May 2016.
“Unite won’t be disclosing the details of the redundancy terms as it is a personal financial matter for individual members.”
In April, Imperial Tobacco announced the wholesale closure of the Nottingham site and an end to Imperial Tobacco manufacturing cigarettes in the UK and the moving of production to eastern Europe.
Imperial Tobacco at the Nottingham site currently produces Lambert & Butler, Richmond, Embassy No 1, Regal, JPS, Superkings and Golden Virginia.
For further information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940
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.