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Unilever bosses poised to axe jobs

Tuesday June 19th 2012

Hundreds of workers at Unilever are facing redundancy after proposals to shut down some of its factories were announced.

But despite the move, which will affect factory staff in Slough and Swansea, bosses at the consumer goods firm plan to invest £40 million into its largest site. Employees at the Bridgend distribution base as well as those in an office in Ewloe, North Wales are also amongst those whose jobs are under threat.

It is thought around 500 workers will be laid off as a result of the closures - due to be enforced by the end of next year.

A further 300 contractor and third party roles face job losses as a result of the changes, while some of the jobs will be outsourced to the company's IT centre in India.

According to reports, the announcement has been a "devastating blow" to some of the staff affected. Amanda Sourry, chairman of Unilever UK and Ireland, said: "Like many companies today, Unilever faces the challenge of creating growth opportunities against a backdrop of very tough economic conditions in Europe."

Around 150 new jobs will be generated as a result of the £40 million investment into its main site at Port Sunlight, Wirral on Merseyside. Unilever is yet to come to a final decision on its workforce shake-up, but will confirm proposals in three months time.

Copyright Press Association 2012

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