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140 job losses at Pilkington glass

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Closure Of St Helens Float Glass Line With Loss Of 140 Jobs Due To Lack Of Demand Is Major Blow To UK Manufacturing

Last week steel jobs were lost to lack of demand in construction, yesterday it was shipbuilding jobs so people are entitled to ask “ what sort of recovery are we seeing" says GMB.

GMB, the union for glass workers, commented on the announcement by Pilkington that it is to close a float glass production line at the Cowley Hill plant in St Helens with the loss of 140 jobs. The reason given by the company is the lack of demand for flat glass due to the continuing downturn in the construction sector.

Charlie Leonard, GMB Regional Officer said “ This is a shock. It is a devastating blow to the economy of St Helens and to the workers and families of the 140 who will lose their jobs.

GMB will meet with the company to fully understand the position and to assess what can be done to mitigate he extent of job losses.

The closure of this high tech continuous production plant and the highly skilled well paid jobs is yet another major blow to the core of UK manufacturing. It represents a rolling back of national capability as float glass production is a UK invention. Last week it was steel jobs going also due to lack of demand in construction. Yesterday it was shipbuilding jobs. People are entitled to ask “what sort of recovery are we seeing? ”

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Contact: Charlie Leonard 07974 018408 or GMB press office 07921 289880/ 07974 251823

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