GMB seek urgent meeting with INEOS ChlorVinyls over 130 job losses at Runcorn.
That's 130 jobs this area can ill afford to lose, especially in the current economic climate and at a time of high unemployment says GMB.
GMB and Unite who represent the workers at INEOS ChlorVinyls Runcorn are seeking an urgent meeting with the company on 130 job losses at the Runcorn plant.
Both unions have already written to the company expressing concern about potential redundancies and what they see as misleading media statements about job losses. See notes to editors for company press release issued last week.
Terry Mellor, GMB Senior Organiser said “The company announced the closure of its VCM and PVC plants last Thursday following the reduction in demand for PVC. They said at the time that no jobs would be lost as affected employees would be offered alternative roles at the site.
The announcement did come as a shock to our members at Runcorn, particularly as it came so soon after changes to the pension scheme that were meant to control costs, reduce risk and help secure the future of the site.
And despite reports of no job losses, the fact is the company are planning to cut the workforce by around 130 and by whatever means that is achieved there will be 130 less jobs at the Runcorn site when this exercise is over. That's 130 jobs this area can ill afford to lose, especially in the current economic climate and at a time of high unemployment. We are seeking urgent meetings with the company to discuss the situation further”.
Contact: Terry Mellor 07970 410905 or 01928 572 726 firstname.lastname@example.org GMB Press Office 07921 289 880 or 07974 251 823
Notes to editors
Copy of company press release PRESS STATEMENT – FINAL 17 January 2013
INEOS CHLORVINYLS ANNOUNCES OUTCOME OF INTERNAL ASSET REVIEW
INEOS ChlorVinyls has today announced the outcome of an internal asset review in light of the impact of the prolonged economic downturn on European market demand.
As demand for PVC in particular continues to be very weak, the Company needs to address its current over capacity in chlorine, VCM and PVC. As a result, INEOS ChlorVinyls has decided to discontinue production from three of its plants.
The Company will focus all UK PVC production at its Newton Aycliffe Site, which will facilitate closure of its small scale PVC unit at Runcorn Site. Also at Runcorn Site, the Company will reconfigure its VCM plant to produce EDC intermediate for internal use.
In Germany, the Company will bring forward the closure of its mercury chlorine cellroom at Wilhelmshaven Site.
The Company expects to achieve these changes without involuntary redundancies and employees and their representatives will be kept fully informed as matters progress.
Comments Chris Tane, CEO: "We are taking these measures in light of current and expected economic conditions impacting demand across Europe. We are confident these measures, along with other ongoing improvement initiatives, will help secure our business in the long term by improving profitability and cashflow during these very difficult times."
For further information please contact Craig Welsh, INEOS ChlorVinyls Press Office
Telephone + 44 1928 511528