Serious questions need to be asked about the reasons for the closure of General Electric Power Conversion plant in Kidsgrove, Staffordshire with the loss of about 240 jobs, Unite, the country’s largest union, said today (Wednesday 28 September).
Unite, which has 63 members at the West Avenue site, said it would be pressing the management hard to explain why what is believed to a profitable site will be closing next spring.
The union believes that the company wants to transfer the work to the German capital, Berlin.
Unite regional officer Zoe Mayou said today (Wednesday 28 September): “We don’t think that the management has explained in a coherent fashion why this plant needs to close next spring, with production ceasing in December.
“We want to know the business case for the closure with the loss of 246 jobs. We believe that the site is currently profitable and that the closure could be to do with a wider plan to transfer the work to Berlin.
“We think the workforce and the wider community need to know the reasons behind this – and we will be pressing very hard for transparency in the days and weeks ahead.
“Ultimately, we would like this multi-national company to reverse this decision and keep the production in Staffordshire.
“This news is a cruel blow for these dedicated workers and will have an adverse impact on the local economy and the wider supply chain.
“Unite will be offering maximum support to our members at this very difficult time for them and their families.”
Unite members work as administrators, assembly operatives, buyers, electrical engineers/technicians, maintenance staff and manufacturing workers.
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For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940.
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.