Unilever, the consumer goods giant ,has confirmed that it will soon close the doors on four of its plants, resulting in 500 redundancies and the possible loss of another 100 jobs. By the end of 2013 factories will be closed at both Bridgend and Swansea, causing about 250 redundancies.
Apart from these 250 job losses, another 250 jobs are being moved to a Slough factory. In addition, be the end of 2014 the Ewloe factory in Flintshire will also close its doors causing 400 jobs to be moved to Port Sunlight with the potential for the loss of another 100 jobs.
In the meantime, at least 200 new jobs will be created at the Flintshire and Port Sunlight factories which could potentially help offset the lost jobs. If the remaining 100 jobs are lost than the closure would result in about 600 redundancies although this is not official yet. The 100 jobs in question are all located at the Ewloe St. David’s Park offices.
The jobs that will be lost in Slough are the result of a decision to close the Sara Lee personal care manufacturing factory. Staff was informed of their redundancy last Thursday and on Monday consultations were expected to begin with workers. The news was the final confirmation that the company would close down the factories.
Unilever employs a total of about 7,200 people and makes products from many brands including Marmite, Ben and Jerry’s, PG Tips and Pot Noodles, Domestos, Vaseline, Dove soap, and Persil. The firm has stated that some of the jobs could be outsourced to the Bangalore, India Unilever IT centre.