December 06, 2006 09:41 ET

Amicus angered by decision to close water pipe factory in Derby

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 06, 2006) - Amicus, the UK's largest manufacturing union has expressed anger at the announcement made by Saint-Gobain that it's to close it's Ilkeston pipe making plant with the loss of 220 jobs.

The company, which makes pipes for the UK water industry, made the announcement yesterday. It plans to transfer production to Europe by April 2007. Saint-Gobain cited increases in the costs of scrap steel and energy as reasons for the move.

Amicus Regional Officer, Tony Tinley, said:

"This announcement, which comes just before Christmas, is a heavy blow to the workers who face an uncertain few months ahead.

"We will be meeting the management tomorrow to discuss and test the need for redundancies. When we have established the numbers we will progress to establishing redundancy terms and supporting our members to find alternative employment.
"Production will still continue until the April 2007 and Amicus is continuing to press for an enhanced package for our members affected by the closure. This is yet another blow to manufacturing in the East Midlands."

Past weeks have seen 850 manufacturing jobs go from the region including: Dormer Tools based in Worksop which has announced 200 job losses as they intend to close the plant and shift production to Brazil, Lincoln Castings in North Hykeham which has said that unless they find a buyer 200 workers will be made redundant and GE Electric based in Leicester which has announced 200 job losses.


Note to editors:

Amicus has been campaigning and lobbying for government to introduce better employment legislation to protect UK workers. The Amicus publication 'The Future of Manufacturing' which highlights the UK's economic dependency on the manufacturing sector can be found on the website

Contact Information

  • Amicus Regional Officer
    Tony Tinley
    07958 511 571
    Amicus press office
    Ashraf Choudhury
    020 7420 8914
    07980 224761