Bathroom giant closes factory and moves production to Egypt

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05 Sep 2019
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GMB, Britain’s general union, has expressed fury after bathroom giant Ideal Standard announced they were closing their UK factory and moving production to Egypt.

The multinational told staff today their Hull factory will shut down with the loss of 76 jobs.

They will be expected to work through the wind-down into mid-November.

The news came as a bombshell to the GMB officer who attended site today under the impression he was to discuss ongoing issues in the factory.

Dave Oglesby, GMB Organiser, said:

 “The lack of investment in the site over recent years has had a major impact.

“This is another nail in the coffin of UK manufacturing and once again it’s the north that takes the brunt.

“Hull suffers generally in the job market and every job is precious to us. Other businesses – and the whole community will be effected by the company deciding to up sticks and move operation abroad.

“Ideal Standard’s loyal staff have worked hard to help build the company up.

“Now Ideal Standard are happy to send their jobs down the plughole.”

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