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Unite members “devastated” by Edwards proposal to offshore 220 jobs

13th January 2010

Unite members working at electronics manufacturer, Edwards have been “devastated” by its proposals announced today (Wednesday, 13 January) to offshore 220 jobs.

Edwards has announced that it will cease all manufacturing at its Burgess Hill and Shoreham factories and move the work to new plants in Korea and the Czech Republic with the loss of 220 jobs.

Unite, the UK’s largest union, which represents the majority of those workers who will be made redundant, is now keen to hold talks with the management to ensure the least impact for the workforce.

The announcement was made to employees via a video message which chose to focus on the future benefits to the company of the closures and left many reeling from its tactlessness.

Unite regional officer, Janet Henney, said: “This is another example of the UK skilled manufacturing base being decimated for the benefit of a profit driven private equity company. The company haves paid little regard to the UK economy, our skills base and least of all to those who have to go home today and tell their families of their loss.

“Another blow has been dealt to British manufacturing with this announcement. The time for this abuse of British jobs must end now.”

Shaun McHale, senior Unite steward at the Shoreham site, commented: “This is a devastating announcement especially given the cooperation that we have given the company over recent years to retain a UK based skilled workforce.”

The announcement follows four years of other announcements by Edwards in which jobs have been moved to cheaper economies.

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For more information contact Janet Henney. Alternatively contact Ashraf Choudhury in the Unite Press Office.


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