Nestle has announced it is cutting 300 British jobs by moving production of its Blue Riband bar to Poland.
The company hopes to cut it’s UK workforce through voluntary redundancies and denied the proposed changes are anything to do with Brexit, telling the BBC “This move would be necessary irrespective of the decision to leave the EU.”
Nestle defended the production switch to Poland saying that Blue Riband was only one of 16 products made at the Newcastle Fawdon site and was being moved “to simplify production on a very complicated site.”
Nestle will spend 45 days consulting with trade unions and employee representatives concerning the proposals which also include standardising shift patterns.
Unions have reacted angrily to the proposals. 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.”
Patrick Harrington of Solidarity said “In the Presidential race in France Marine Le Pen has rightly questioned how workers are affected by globalisation. She was cheered by workers at Whirlpool in Amiens. Sadly, in the UK there is no effective political opposition to economic globalisation.”