Unite, the country’s largest union, will hold urgent talks with the Wolverhampton engineering firm, Sandvik on Tuesday (29 April), after management said production may cease in August with the loss of 143 jobs.
Unite regional officer Andy Taylor said: “This is a hammer blow to the workforce, their families, the West Midlands economy and manufacturing capacity in the UK generally.
“The 143 jobs at risk are good skilled jobs. While this is still a proposal, many employees with long and dedicated service were deeply shocked and stunned by the announcement.
“The firm claims that the plant’s closure is due to overcapacity, but at the same time, it is saying that work will be transferred to India and France. We are going to explore this issue on Tuesday and ask if the closure is really necessary.
“Sandvik said last September that it was going to reduce its global business units from 150 to 125. However, why has it taken till now for the company to come clean on the implications of the proposal on its Wolverhampton facility?
“Unite will do all it can to support our members at Sandvik in the weeks to come.”
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.