Nestle closing UK’s Fawdon site putting 600 jobs at risk

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Nestle the world’s biggest packaged food company is restructuring its confectionery business in Britain.

It is shutting a factory in Fawdon in the north east of England and shifting production to two other factories in York and Halifax where it has invested £29.4 million. These two factories manufacture some of the chocolate maker’s biggest brands and York is also the base for Nestle Confectionery’s global R&D center. The site in Fawdon will close by 2023.

In a statement released by Nestle they stated that “The decision to propose Fawdon’s closure follows significant investment and a sustained effort by the factory team to reduce complexity and introduce new products in recent years”

The labour union GMB said it needed an “urgent meeting” with Nestle’s management to understand why the decision had been taken to close the Fawdon site, adding that a second union, Unite, would also be teaming up with it to campaign against this shutdown.

“The fact these announcements have come during a global pandemic is particularly bitter and heartless,” said Unite’s Joe Clarke.

Nestle said it did not “underestimate the impact” the closure could have on its employees and would be looking to find ways to support employees during the consultation process if the closure was approved.

Source: Reuters

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