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McBride's Cut 400 Jobs

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

GMB Call On McBride's To Negotiate And Not Impose Compulsory Redundancies As 400 Jobs Cut At Hull, Barrow, Bradford And Middleton Sites

GMB will resist any move by the company to impose compulsory redundancy and call upon the company to explore all and any alternative solution to their current problems to save jobs


McBride the household cleaning and toiletry products maker is to cut 400 UK jobs. McBride has factories in Hull, Barrow, Bradford and Middleton and is in talks with GMB talks over redundancies.

The GMB Organiser and shop Stewards at Bradford will attend a meeting at McBride's today, Tuesday 1st July at 10.00 am, to discuss 82 redundancies on the Bradford site. The Bradford site currently employs 345.

The GMB Organiser for the Middleton site is hopeful of that the impact there will limited be some changes that may impact on working practices folliowing a reduction in the number of ageny workers on site. Discussions will take place over the coming months.

McBride said it expected the proposed redundancies to save the business, which makes everything from toothpastes to toilet cleaners, £12million by June 2016, though it expects the job losses to result in a one-off cost of £14million.

McBride said none of its four UK sites would close completely, although its Hull and Barrow factories are expected to be the most heavily affected.

The Hull site currently makes household liquid and aerosol products, while the Barrow plant makes laundry powders and tablets as well as dishwasher products. The group also employs around 5,000 staff at 17 plants across Europe, China and Vietnam, but there are no plans to transfer the jobs overseas.

A 2% pay rise has been put in place that will enhance any redundancy packages agreed by GMB.

Allan Black, GMB National Officer said, "The announcement by McBrides of potential job losses amounting to 25% of its UK workforce will be a devastating blow to impacted GMB members in the plants. It will have a huge negative influence on the local communities sustained by the plants directly hit.

The plants operated in the UK by McBride are in many instances located in some of the most economically depressed areas of the country. GMB local Organisers will be dealing with this issue at the sharp end will be pressing the company to justify these cuts and to explore all alternatives.

GMB will resist any move by the company to impose compulsory redundancy and call upon the company to explore all and any alternative solution to their current problems to save jobs."


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Contact: Darren Travis, GMB Organiser in Bradford on 07984 570654 or Desiree Risebury, GMB Senior Organiser in Bradford on 07958 156848 or Sandra Blight, GMB Organiser in Middleton Manchester on 07740 804049 or Alan Black GMB National Officer on 07725 100316.

 

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