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GMB To Meet MP Over Pilkington Joblosses

Thursday, November 21, 2013

GMB Representatives To Meet With Shaun Woodward MP For St Helens On 29th November To Discuss Impact Of Job Losses At Pilkington

Members seeking support to identify opportunities for the purposes of alternative employment and any other means by which assistance can be given to people affected says GMB.

GMB representatives will meet with Shaun Woodward Labour MP for St Helens on 29th November 2013 at Pilkington Float Glass.

This meeting arises from the company announcing that it is to close a float glass production line at the Cowley Hill plant in St Helens with the loss of 140 jobs. See notes to editors for copy of GMB press release on the job losses.

Charlie Leonard, GMB Regional Officer, said “The purpose of the meeting is for the local MP to meet the representatives to see the potential impact in terms of job losses that will have on individuals, families and the local economy.

GMB is also looking for support from the local MP in terms of identifying opportunities within the borough for the purposes of alternative employment and any other means by which assistance can be given to those people affected.”

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Contact Charlie Leonard 07974 018408 or 0151 727 0077 or GMB press office 07921 289880/ 07974 251823

Notes to editors

Copy of GMB press release 7th November 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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