Unite, Britain’s biggest union, is calling on manufacturer Pegler Yorkshire to reverse its decision to cut 50 jobs and guarantee the future of its site in Leeds going forward as the union fears the changes could be the thin end of the wedge.
The company which makes fittings, taps and valves recently announced 50 job cuts at its Leeds site. But if 50 jobs are lost out of a site workforce of 135, the union believes there is a real possibility that the site will close and the site’s “Yorkshire Fittings” product will no longer be made in Yorkshire.
In July 2013 Aalbert Industries, the owner of Pegler Yorkshire transferred a French operation, Saint Denis Hotel, into the Pegler Yorkshire Group. Unite believes this was to enable the eventual transfer of production from the Leeds site to France. The Leeds site is profitable site and the company has received £3 million of government investment via Yorkshire Forward.
Unite national officer Ian Tonks said: “Despite being profitable and receiving millions of pounds worth of government investment, Unite fears Pegler Yorkshire may be planning to leave the UK. We do not believe there is a sound economic case for the job cuts and we are demanding that the company reverses this decision and guarantees the future of the site going forward.
“Unite will be giving workers at the site 100 per cent support. It is time for Yorkshire Pegler to sit down with the unions and come clean about its plans. This company is strategically important for UK manufacturing and Britain cannot afford to lose these valuable skills.”
The company employs around 295 staff in Doncaster, 85 staff in Rotherham and 135 in Leeds.
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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.