January 11, 2007 10:01 ET

Amicus angered by decision to close Birds Eye in Hull

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 11, 2007) - Amicus, the UK's largest manufacturing union, has expressed anger at Unilever's decision to close its Bird's Eye frozen fish factory in Hull with the loss of 340 jobs.

Workers at the factory in Hull, were sent home from work today, following the announcement that the factory would be shut and the work moved to Felixstowe, Suffolk and Bremerhaven in Germany. Unilever plans to close the Hull site by September this year.

The union says these job cuts are the direct result of poor job protection in the UK. Amicus want UK employment laws strengthened to stop UK workers losing jobs because they are cheaper and easier to sack than other workers in Europe.

Amicus' Regional Officer, Tony Randerson, said:
"We are shocked and dismayed at the decision to close the factory in Hull as we had been receiving positive not negative vibes from the company. This is a bolt out of the blue and will be a devastating blow to the workers and the wider community and economy of Hull.

"Amicus will do everything in its power to fight this closure and prevent the loss of further jobs abroad. The government must respond to our calls for the strengthening of employment laws to stop UK workers being the first in line when multinational companies seek to make cuts."

Today's announcement by Bird's Eye follows the closure of the Peugeot plant in Coventry, with the loss of 2,300 jobs last Friday and news of the closure of the NCR plant in Dundee with the loss of 650 jobs.

Contact Information

  • Amicus Press Office
    Karen Viquerat
    01704 546 500
    Tony Randerson
    07958 514683