End Of An Era For Consett As Famous Phileas Fogg Factory Sheds Jobs This Week As Part Of 3 Months Closure With 103 Job Losses
We are very concerned for 80 staff being made redundant who are going to be looking for employment in the area says GMB.
The first GMB members out of 80 to be made redundant will leave the famous Phileas Fogg Factory in Consett this week. Approximately 20 employees have secured jobs in the Tanfield Lea and Billingham sites. See notes to editors for copy of GMB press release on the proposed closure.
The factory is owned by KP Snacks who announced in September their proposals to close the factory potentially making 103 people redundant.
The factory which is set to fully close in July will see its employees leave in phases over the next 3 month.
Suzanne Reid, GMB Organiser, said "It's an incredibly sad time for our members, their families and the community of Consett.
Many members have worked at the factory for 20 years plus, they consider their work colleagues to be their friends and family.
Approximately 20 employees have secured roles in the Tanfield Lea and Billingham sites which is very positive. We are very concerned for 80 staff being made redundant who are going to be looking for employment in the area."
Contact: Suzanne Reid 07870 176 728 or 0191 233 3930 or GMB Press Office 07921 289 880
Notes to editors
GMB press release 8th October 2014
Fears over Consett KP plant
Wednesday 8th October 2014
Redundancy Consultation Regarded as a Sham at Key Consett Plant
GMB, the North East's biggest general union has attacked the process of consultation and is raising its concerns in respect of the future of the KP Factory at Consett, Co. Durham.
GMB says that the Factory as a key employer in the town should not be allowed to close and that the Union has repeatedly raised concerns throughout the process about consultation being a sham and meaningless.
GMB says that its members are disappointed at the Company's vague and generic answers to questions and proposals to save the site, with the Company always referring to their proposal as being the most appropriate; closing the site saving overheads by reducing the footprint of the Company.
GMB Northern Regional Organiser Suzanne Reid said:
“GMB members are deeply concerned about their future employment, they are very angry that the decision to close the factory seems to have been made some time ago with the consultation being nothing more than a farce"
"KP Consett, still known locally as Phileas Fogg, have a dedicated, loyal, hard working workforce with a wide skill set, it will be a disgrace and a huge loss to the area if it closes".