Unite the union has reacted with shock at Biomet UK’s announcement that it proposes to close its Bridgend site with the loss of 544 jobs.

Peter Hughes, Unite Wales Regional Secretary said; “The news today that Biomet are proposing a site closure of their facility at Bridgend will be devastating news to our members and their communities. Unite will explore every avenue available to prevent the current proposal from proceeding. Almost 550 well-paid, highly skilled jobs are at stake here, and the Bridgend area cannot absorb the economic impact this closure would bring.

During the six month consultation period Unite will fight for jobs and a viable future for the site”.