Unite, Britain’s biggest union, has described Sharp’s decision to cut 250 posts and end around 300 agency workers’ contracts at its solar panel production unit in Wrexham as a tragic loss for the workforce and for UK manufacturing.
Sharp Europe, which is owned by Japanese multinational Sharp Corporation, announced the plant will be closed by the end of February blaming a lack of demand for solar panels across Europe.
Unite regional coordinating officer, Peter Hughes said: “Sharp’s decision to end solar panel production in the UK is a tragic loss for the workforce and for UK manufacturing. Hundreds of skilled jobs which were supposed to be at the cutting edge of the green energy revolution are being lost because of a lack of demand from Europe. The news is a particularly bitter pill for staff to swallow so close to Christmas.
“Unite begins consultations with the company tomorrow and the union will be demanding that the company leaves no stone unturned and offers significant support to this skilled workforce.”
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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.