Brexit Mess: Nestle moves production of Blue Riband to Poland – Just to export it back to Britain

Nestle has announced it is going to move production of the iconic Blue Riband chocolate biscuit to Poland – just to ship it back to Britain.

Some 300 jobs in Yorkshire, the North East and Scotland are now in jeopardy after the confectionery giant proposed cuts to their UK bases, despite raking in £21 billion from sales at a quarterly increase of 0.4 per cent.

Blue Riband has been made in Britain since 1936 and is primarily consumed by the UK market – meaning it will have to be exported BACK into this country if production moves to Eastern Europe.

The potential job cuts are as follows:

York, Yorkshire – 143 jobs

Fawdon, North East – 110 jobs

Halifax, Yorkshire – 15 jobs

Girvan, Scotland – 7 jobs

Following the devastating job losses announced at Diageo and Pepsico in recent weeks, the unions warn this could be the tip of the Brexit iceberg as companies use leaving the EU as an excuse to slash jobs and trample on workers’ rights.

Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary, said:“To shift the production of an iconic British brand like Blue Riband to Poland is completely unacceptable.

“Nestle are throwing people’s lives, and those of their families, into turmoil for the sake of increasing profit margins.

“These factories should be exporting chocolate – not people’s jobs.

“The Government needs to step in before it’s too late – and reassure millions of workers across the country this is not just the tip of the Brexit iceberg.”

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  1. Please find below Nestles press release for the proposed closure, It has also been confirmed theses changes are not down to Brexit.

    Nestlé UK is informing employees of proposals to make some changes to the factory operations within its UK confectionery business.

    These proposals span four different sites: York, Fawdon, Halifax and Girvan and may result in a reduction of 298 roles, predominantly at York and Fawdon, through 2017 and 2018. It is expected that these would be achieved through voluntary redundancies.

    The proposed changes include amended and standardised shift patterns at each factory and, at Fawdon, the most complex of Nestlé’s UK confectionery sites, the transfer of Blue Riband production to a Nestlé factory in Poland. This would mean being able to simplify and focus Fawdon’s operation.

    These proposals are being made by Nestlé UK to ensure that these sites operate more efficiently and remain competitive in a rapidly changing external environment.

    A 45 day consultation on these proposals will commence as soon as possible with trade unions and employee representatives. Nestlé UK appreciates that this is an uncertain time for employees and will work hard to ensure all are supported through this difficult period.

    Source of the press release

    http://www.nestle.co.uk/media/pressreleases/proposed-factory-changes-in-uk-confectionery

  2. Linda Howard

    What did you think was going to happen when you voted for Brexit? Of course companies are going to leave the UK – considering Britain is leaving the EU it is totally logical!

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