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Jobs threat in Unilever proposals From Richmond and Twickenham Times
Hundreds of jobs are set to be lost at consumer goods giant Unilever under plans to close a number of sites, although its biggest factory will receive a 40 million investment boost.
The company said its plans would "transform" Port Sunlight into a "significant centre of excellence" for the manufacture of shampoo and shower gel products, with growth potential for the next decade.
Around 225 jobs will be lost through the closure of the Swansea factory, which makes personal care products, around 250 at Slough, Berks which makes products including Radox, and 25 at the distribution site in Bridgend.
Proposals would see the closure of factories in Swansea and Slough and New Balance Retro Ski 998
"We believe these proposals would substantially strengthen our platform for long term growth and competitiveness. The proposals announced today will be reviewed thoroughly and the outcome shared with our employees as early as possible."
Unilever said it planned to invest 40 million in its "historic home" of Port Sunlight, Wirral on Merseyside, with the creation of 150 new jobs. Work would transfer from Ewloe to Port Sunlight, where the workforce would increase from the current 1,500 to 2,000.
Amanda Sourry, chairman of Unilever UK and Ireland, said economic conditions in Europe were "very tough". She added: "While Unilever is growing well in the New Balance 1400 Burgundy UK and globally, it will always be necessary to make changes which raise our game and ensure our continued success.
a distribution site in Bridgend, while an office Ewloe, North Wales would also close and work be transferred.
in Bangalore, India. Reviews of the proposals are expected to be concluded in the autumn, with a final decision taken in September.
Jennie Formby, national officer of Unite, said: "Unilever's announcement is a long and complex one and we will be assessing the long term impact for our members over the next few days. This is a devastating blow to the workforces involved and the local economies."
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The changes could lead to 500 direct job losses and around 300 contractor and third party posts, while some jobs will also be outsourced to Unilever's IT centre New Balance 373 Mens Burgundy
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