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Saturday, 20 September 2014

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Staff go as Barrow firm bosses scour workforce for redundancies

REDUNDANCIES are under way at a Barrow detergent manufacturer which will see a factory’s workforce cut by almost half.

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cutbacks McBride is cutting 400 jobs across its UK sites – including a total of 171 redundancies in Barrow JON GRANGER REF:50010231B002

Last month, McBride revealed it was cutting the workforce at its Barrow factory in Park Road by 171.

The company also announced plans to create 64 new vacancies, reducing the net jobs loss to 107.

The cuts were revealed as part of the company’s plans to save £12m over the next two years by reducing its UK workforce by 400.

McBride, which manufactures washing powders and personal care products, employs 1,600 people at its factories in Barrow, Hull, Bradford and Manchester. Around 240 are employed at the Park Road site. Union representative Steve Forbes, based at the GMB’s offices in Hartington Street, Barrow, voiced concerns about the new jobs being created.

He said: “We believe, on health and safety grounds, that there could be some issues regarding these new roles.”

However, McBride bosses said the new vacancies had been over-subscribed. In a statement, the company said: “Our approach throughout has been to ensure that this is a fully consultative process, and we have been very pleased with the open and constructive dialogue we have established with our colleagues and the trade union.

“We have met regularly and we continue to do so, and this has meant we have jointly agreed how we implement the plans at every step in the process.

“At this stage, we have 59 volunteers for redundancy and we are oversubscribed with applications from colleagues for the vacancies on new roles.”

McBride’s plans to cut its UK workforce by a quarter have come under criticism from union bosses.

Allan Black, GMB national officer, described the cuts as “a devastating blow to impacted GMB members in the plants”.

He said: “It will have a huge negative influence on the local communities sustained by the plants directly hit.”

Have your say

Better of out at least for your health.

Posted by Bazman on 21 August 2014 at 07:56

At this stage there will only be Sellafield left in Cumbria - maybe that is the plan.

Posted by Cattle Man on 20 August 2014 at 12:07

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